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We believe that the best jobs make you fly. So, what better way to take off on your career path than with a Virgin Atlantic apprenticeship.

Our apprenticeship programmes allow you to combine the ability to work and study with the opportunity to gain a formal qualification. These opportunities provide alternative educational pathways designed to fit your ways of learning, such as classroom-based learning, online courses, independent study and on-the-job training.

Our full-time apprenticeship programmes have been created to help you develop your abilities through a structured course that gives you the following:

  • Job specific skills with hands-on training to benefit your new career in the aviation industry
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  • A competitive salary with excellent benefits including free of fare flights. Are you ready to see the world and satisfy your wanderlust?

Airline apprenticeships aren’t what they used to be, they’re so much more. With over 100 apprentices across 25 different learning programmes at Virgin Atlantic, you’ll be part of a team and community that shares your values in learning something new every day.

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We look for people with drive and ambition, those who think, see and do things differently. We employ, develop and promote employees based on their skills and values. So, if you’re committed, engaged and have a desire to learn, you’ll love our apprenticeship programmes. A Virgin Atlantic apprenticeship offers the best form of work experience while you learn.

Our apprenticeship programmes are a fantastic opportunity for motivated and passionate individuals to gain new knowledge and skills. You’ll earn whilst you learn! Being supported by the best in the business as your career takes off with us.

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We’re committed to empowering the next generation to fulfil their potential by helping talented people to build and grow their skills. Whether you’re looking to get hands-on with an engineering apprenticeship or work from our head office within one of our business teams, we’re sure you’ll find something you like here. We offer two apprentice schemes at Virgin Atlantic, which are:

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Be in the next generation of engineers that keep our aircraft flying safely. You’ll work on the cleanest, greenest fleet in the sky, from Airbus A350s and A330neos to the Boeing 787s, all while studying for your industry-recognised Cat A licence in aircraft maintenance.

Taking two years to complete, you’ll learn from the best in the business, getting involved in all aspects of our operation. Not only that, but our structured learning programme will also support you in building your knowledge, experience and skills and teach you how to put them into practice during your day-to-day job.

Get real-world experience with our Level 3 apprenticeship in Airline Operations (Aviation Ground Specialist) at Virgin Atlantic. During this 18 month course you’ll get to assist our Airport , Flight Planning, Crewing, Operations and Customer teams to deliver exceptional customer service at our based in London Heathrow alongside resolving ticket issues and learning how we deliver our day to day flying programme. It’s fast-paced, and there’s a lot to learn, but we’ve designed this apprenticeship to ignite your potential and give you the transferable skills to see your career take off, wherever you want to go.


Whether you’re a school leaver or fancy a career change, choosing an apprenticeship can be challenging as there are so many options to consider. So, here’s all the info you need to kick start your apprenticeship journey with us.

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It’s often believed that apprenticeships are for those who have recently left school, which isn’t the case. When applying you must be 16 or over and be able to work 50% of your time in England. There’s no upper limit to applying as we understand you may be looking to develop in your current role or seek a different career path all together. Either way, our apprentice schemes offer the perfect opportunity for you to learn.

When we are actively recruiting, you’ll be able to see all our live apprentice vacancies here. On our adverts, you’ll be able to see the details of each scheme on offer and the requirements your need to start your application.

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All of our schemes are fully funded by us – so there’s no tuition fees, no student loans and no debt – Phew! We will pay for all of your training, qualification costs and professional memberships for the duration of your apprentice programme.

There are four different levels of apprenticeships:

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  • Degree apprenticeships (Level 6) – comparable to a Bachelor’s
  • Degree apprenticeships (Level 7) – comparable to a Masters degree

Please be aware we’re unable to support your application if you have an equivalent qualification to your chosen apprenticeship your applying for.

Starting your apprenticeship can feel daunting. Rest assured, we have a lot of support in place for you.

As you spend 80% of your time on the job it’s important we get the most out of your 20% learning. To do this we work alongside our carefully chosen apprenticeship providers to ensure we deliver the best possible programme for you. Some of the processes in place to support this are:

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A planned daily Moscow service heralds a move by Virgin Atlantic into short and mid-haul routes from the UK. The airline plans to serve the Russian capital on a former Bmi route from Heathrow in 2013 operating a new three-class Airbus A330. But the launch will be predicated on Virgin winning Heathrow take off and landing slots that British Airways was forced to surrender following its purchase of BMI earlier this year. Virgin Atlantic will fight to take up the 12 daily slot pairs so that it can provide renewed competition and feed its long haul network. Flying to Russia reflects a strategy of mixing emerging economies with its more established destinations. For example, its Heathrow to Mumbai route launch in October will also connect the Indian commercial centre with New York, Boston, Chicago, Miami and Washington via London. Chief executive Steve Ridgway said: “Given the increased consolidation in the market and challenging economic environment, we need to develop our network proposition and ability to sell more connecting journeys. “Winning the BMI remedy slots will help us add connectivity to serve a huge number of travellers who have lost choice and the benefits of competition through the BA takeover.” He added: “This route is now open for another UK airline following BA’s takeover of BMI and we are making preparations to take up these rights early next year. “Linking these two cities will be an important part of our strategy to run short haul flights into Heathrow thus feeding our long haul network.  It will also radically improve competition on the route giving business and leisure travellers much better choice. “Our core flying has always been across the Atlantic but we have been clear that we will also continue to grow our routes to emerging markets if given the slots at London Heathrow. “Moscow would be our third BRIC country and we think it is imperative for British trade that we are operating in these economies.” Traffic between London and Moscow has trebled in ten years and demand on the route continues to grow, Virgin says.

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EasyJet is getting ready to take on British Airways and Virgin Atlantic for Moscow route

Nathalie Thomas, The Daily Telegraph

August 13th, 2012 at 12:38 AM EDT

The recent easing of visa restrictions for cultural events makes Russia more attractive to everyone, especially low-cost carriers that appeal to a demographic that would rather not deal with paperwork hassle.

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EasyJet is going into battle for the first time with both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic as the three airlines jostle for the right to operate lucrative flights between London and Moscow.

In a growing sign that low cost carriers are invading the turf of long haul airlines, easyJet has applied for the rights to offer 14 flights a week between Gatwick and Moscow.

BA already offers 21 flights a week between Moscow and London Heathrow but is seeking to increase its exposure to the lucrative Russian market by operating services from Gatwick.

Virgin Atlantic, which wants to move into mid and short-haul flights, has applied to operate the 14 weekly services from London Heathrow.

Industry sources say the battle for Moscow will prove a real test for the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as it marks the first occasion that easyJet has gone up against both BA and Virgin on what is traditionally long-haul territory.

EasyJet, run by Carolyn McCall, has jousted with BA once before, over the rights to fly to Cairo, but is yet to launch that service.

Ms McCall has been slowing expanding easyJet’s reach outside of Europe and the carrier currently flies as far as Amman in Jordan, giving access to the ancient city of Petra.

The three airlines will supply the CAA with written evidence by September 3 before a hearing is held in early October.

Flights to Moscow will also mark a significant departure for Virgin, which has based most of its services over the Atlantic.

Steve Ridgway, chief executive of Virgin Atlantic, hopes to operate Airbus A330 aircraft to the Russian capital from next year.

The rights have become available following BA’s takeover of bmi.

The new routes to Moscow come as easyJet is facing a shareholder showdown over its chairman Sir Mike Rake . The airline’s largest shareholder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has called an emergency general meeting to be held today to vote on Sir Mike’s off the board. Sir Stelios claims Sir Mike is too busy with over commitments.

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