Engineering apprentice at Heathrow Academy

Start Date:
Greater London
Programme Type:
Apprenticeship - Advanced Level (Level 3)
£25,000 annually
Review Date:
March 2019

Review Score

10 /10

1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:


As an engineering apprentice, I will turn up to work at 7am. At around 7:30 I will have a team briefing with the engineers and the management team. For the rest of the day I will shadow the engineers, I will take photos and notes of what they’re doing and ensure I am learning

2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?


I have learn and developed loads of skills since working at Heathrow as an apprentice. When you’re an apprentice you work your way around the airport to the different sections for around 4 months at a time. This helps you get a very clear view of engineering as a whole and ensures you learn a wide variety of skills

3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?


I really enjoy the program. I will be in a good mood when I wake up in the morning knowing I’m going to work doing something I enjoy. My hobbies relate closely to my work which I feel also helps me develop my skills further. The job is great I wouldn’t change anything

4. How well organised/structured is your programme?


The program is very well structured. The management team have a 12 week review system where they look at the individual apprentices to see their work and how they’re developing as people. Also on the last Friday of each month there is an apprentice monthly meeting where all the apprentices gather together

5. How much support do you receive from your employer?


My employer is always willing to help and support all apprentices to help them develop their skills and ensure they’re happy whilst at work and at home. Heathrow as a whole is a very good company to work for and all employees are treated extremely well. Highly recommended company to work for

6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?


Again, the training provider is always there if you are in doubt with any work. Qualifications and courses are always on offer to help each employee develop their skill set and carry on through their career at Heathrow. Qualifications are well known and good to have. They are recognised by other companies too

7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?


My qualifications are all related to my job and my apprenticeship as a whole. Courses and qualifications helps you get another aspect of education as opposed to just working on the job hands on. These qualifications are very helpful as you will know what’s right and wrong instead of just using your experience

8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)


Yes, there are always extra events like the family days and courses which is a chance for the employees to show people who may not know what it is like to work at Heathrow. These days are always fun and again is another aspect of the job which I love.

9a. Would you recommend Heathrow Academy to a friend?


9b. Why?

Heathrow is a great company to work for who treat each and every employee fairly and gives them the best chances to develop through their career. Anyone who is offered a job at Heathrow should know they’re in safe hands and have a very good career that they can build up

10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Heathrow Academy?

Build a good sized portfolio of all the work you have previously done which relates to the job you’re applying for. The more the better. Also be positive and show how much you are interested in the job and how committed you are to work for Heathrow as a companyZ

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