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Airside operator

Monitoring airfields to make sure of the safe and scheduled arrival, turnaround and departure of aircraft.

Warning This apprenticeship is available to new starters until 22 May 2019

Summary of this apprenticeship standard


2 (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)

Typical length
12 months
Current funding band
Up to £3,000 per apprentice.
More information about funding
Entry requirements

Set by the employer.

What apprentices will learn
  • aircraft and airport practices and procedures - including aircraft characteristics, airfield operations and marshalling
  • monitoring and controlling conditions - including airfield equipment, lighting, surfaces, systems, bird activity and wildlife
  • dealing with emergencies, disruption and incidents to minimise operational impacts
  • communicating effectively with customers, contractors and staff
  • using routine and special reports - including pilot and weather reports
  • health and safety practices and legal requirements within an aviation environment - including aviation and environmental regulations, hazard recognition and local bye-laws

None specified.

Before taking their end-point assessment apprentices must:

  • achieve level 1 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades D to G)
  • take the test for level 2 English and maths (equivalent to GCSEs at grades A* to C)
Professional registration

This apprenticeship is supported by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

How apprentices are assessed

A government-approved organisation must assess apprentices towards the end of their apprenticeship.

This end-point assessment ensures apprentices achieve the skills, training and any qualifications necessary to complete their apprenticeship.

You can download the assessment plan from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. There are no end-point assessment organisations for this apprenticeship yet. Please email if you urgently need an end-point assessment organisation.

More Information

The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has more detailed information about this apprenticeship.