Business Higher Apprenticeship

by GE Aviation

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Job Details

30th June 2022
Apprenticeship - Higher Level (Level 4/5/6/7)
Business & Administration

GE Aviation Higher Business Apprentice

GE Aviation is a world-leading provider of commercial, military and business and general aviation jet and turboprop engines and components, along with avionics, electrical power and mechanical systems for aircraft. At GE Aviation, we invent the future of flight, lift people up, and bring them home safely. Whether we’re manufacturing components for our GE9X engines, driving innovation in fuel and noise reduction, or unlocking new opportunities to grow and deliver more productivity, the GE Aviation teams are dedicated to moving the aerospace industry forward.

If you join us, you’ll find yourself in a dynamic environment where our ongoing, substantial investment in research and development keeps us looking ahead. At GE Aviation, developing people is embedded in our culture and integral to our growth. Here you’ll work collaboratively and cross-functionally with the highest caliber talent, utilizing cutting-edge technology and processes. If you’re passionate about generating advances in aviation to solve some of the world’s toughest problems and are looking for a career rich with challenges and unlimited opportunities for growth and advancement, then join GE Aviation as we rise to the challenge of building a world that works.

With over 1,600 employees, GE Aviation Cheltenham is one of the largest GE Aviation sites outside the USA and a major contributor to the local economy.Our heritage dates back to 1940 yet our technology is cutting-edge. Located in the heart of Gloucestershire, GE Aviation Cheltenham focuses on the design, development and manufacture of state-of-the-art aircraft power distribution and avionics systems for the global aviation industry. Our customers include all major aerospace manufacturers - covering commercial, business jet and military applications. The scale and complexity of engineering projects at GE Aviation Cheltenham offer our employees unique opportunities to work on major international projects, developing critical aircraft systems that will be relied on by many people for decades to come.

GE Aviation Cheltenham is actively committed to inclusivity and diversity. We regularly run science, technology, engineering & maths (STEM) programmes with local secondary schools, support the Cheltenham Science Festival and support the promotion of women in engineering. At GE Aviation, we strive to be an employer of choice by offeringplacements, apprenticeships, mentoring and staff development programmes that create a workplace where everyone can be themselves and achieve their full potential.Innovation, a commitment to engineering excellence and leadership development places GE Aviation Cheltenham as a pioneering force in building the future of flight.

Role Summary

As a Higher Business Apprentice (HBA) you will be based within our 600+-person Supply Chain. Throughout your 4-year apprenticeship, you will be supported through, and study, a Level 6 Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, which is delivered in partnership with Coventry University.

You will be based at Cheltenham for the duration of your apprenticeship, with regular time out to attend university sessions, which are predominantly delivered on site. The scheme is rotational, offering you the opportunity to experience key functions, and work on real business projects, with real responsibility, across Supply Chain, in placements that typically last for 6 months.

Spending time in Strategic Planning, Sourcing, Operations, Quality, Materials and more provides you with the opportunity to build a strong network and apply your skills in different environments. There may also be opportunity to experience additional rotations such as Facilities, Finance and Programmes.

In addition to technical development, we are also committed to supporting your broader personal development. Throughout your time on the course, you will be given the opportunity to participate in projects and training outside of your apprenticeships with the aim of enhancing both your interpersonal and intrapersonal skills.

You will be supported by your line manager, plus placement managers, mentors, and the wider apprentice network, to ensure you are meeting the requirements of your course and getting the most out of your apprenticeship.

Overview of the scheme

Year 1
You will focus initially on integrating into the business and understanding how GE, and a busy supply chain, works before you being you enrol with university. You will typically complete 3 modules during your first year, will complete your first two rotations, and will start to build a network across these teams.

Year 2
In year 2 your responsibilities will begin to increase as you start to lead small projects and are able to use your initiative more to support the business. You still start to expand your stakeholder, problem solving and communication skills. Your university studies will continue and you will start to think about your CMI portfolio.

Year 3
Now you start really start to put your learnings into practice. You will complete your final 6-month rotations and will be more autonomous in your role. Project work may extend beyond your placement to stretch you and enable you to develop your skills in different environments. You'll start to use your knowledge and experience to execute business objectives and to support key deliverables. Your studies start to focus more on CMI mapping to ensure you are achieving, and evidencing, the right skills and experiences to complete your degree.

Year 4
In your final year, you will be a more integrated member of the team as you complete your final, 12 month, placement. This aims to prepare you for your future with GE. You will focus on delivering a work-based project that supports your academic study too. You will be expected to take on further responsibilities within your department, and to also support younger apprentices. You will begin to think about your future career with GE and the area you hope to obtain a permanent role in at the end of your apprenticeship.

Candidate profile

To be enrolled on the apprenticeship, candidates must have achieved:

  • 5 GCSE’s, including Maths and English, at grades C / 4 or above
  • Have achieved, or be predicted, 3 A-Levels (or equivalent) at grades C or above.

In addition, candidates should also be:

  • interested in the operation of a global business
  • interested in people and how to get the most out of them
  • organised, able to prioritise and manage their time
  • focused, determined, willing to learn with an aspiration to start a leadership career able to communicate well verbally and in writing; competent using Microsoft
  • inquisitive, willing to listen and try new things
  • focused, determined and want to learn
  • a creative and innovative problem solver
  • Collaborative team player who is also able to work autonomously
  • Able to deal effectively with demanding situations

Recruitment Process

Stage 1- Submit your application (4th October – 28th February 2022 ) Please note we will close earlier if we have sufficient applications.

Initial applications need to be submitted online via our application page. To apply, you will need:
Supporting statement

Your supporting statement should be no more than 500 words (approx..1 side of A4) and should provide an original summary, created by you, of any relevant experiences or evidence that
outlines why you are the right candidate for this apprenticeship.

A CV and supporting statement must be submitted for your application to be considered or progressed.

Stage 2 – Video Interview
If you are successful at stage 1, you will be invited to complete a video interview. Instructions will be sent to you via the email you used to submit your application. Video interviews must be submitted by Tuesday 25th January.

Stage 3 – On site assessment centre
A mandatory on-site assessment centre must be attended to progress your application.

Candidates will be invited to attend one of two dates: Thursday 17th February 2022 or Tuesday 15th March 2022.

Please ensure you are available to attend before applying. Candidates unable to attend assessment centre will be unable to complete the recruitment process.
Good luck with your application.

Total Reward

At GE Aviation we understand the importance of Total Reward. Our flexible benefits plan, calledFlexChoice, gives you freedom, choice and flexibility in the way you receive your benefits, as well as giving you the opportunity to make savings where possible.

As a new joiner toGEwe are pleased to be able to offer you the following as default in your benefit fund, which you then can tailor to meet your individual needs;

  • Non-contributory Pension
  • Life Assurance
  • Group income protection
  • Private medical cover
  • Holiday Hourly equivalent of 26 days, with flexible option to buy or sell

Right to Work

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, under the applicable UK immigration rules as may be in place from time to time, it may be that candidates who do not currently have the right to work in the UK may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled candidate who does not require sponsorship is available to take up the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

Security Clearance

Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) clearance is required and must be maintained for this role. Please note that in the event that BPSS clearance cannot be obtained, you may not be eligible for the role and/or any offer of employment may be withdrawn on grounds of national security. Please see the link below for further details regarding the requirements for BPSS clearance: BPSS

About GE Aviation

GE Aviation is a world-leading provider of commercial, military and business and general aviation jet and turboprop engines and components, along with avionics, electrical power and mechanical systems for aircraft. At GE Aviation, we invent the future of flight, lift people up, and bring them home safely.

How to apply

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Applications may close before the deadline, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

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