Operations Graduate

  • Apprenticeship Reference: 1321400373-2
  • Date Posted: 10 May 2024
  • Apprentice Employer: Collins Aerospace
  • Location: Coven Heath, Staffordshire
  • Apprentice Pay: On Application
  • Apprenticeship Sector: Transport & Logistics, Aerospace, Civil Engineering, Commercial & QS, Cyber Security, Engineering, Marketing, Procurement & Supply Chain, Project Management
  • Apprenticeship Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

About this Apprenticeship

Operations Graduate

Time Commitment: 37 hours per week (Possibility of shifts where applicable)

Salary: £30,000 per annum with annual increase

Location: Wolverhampton, WV10

Contract Length: Initial 3 year fixed term contract

Start Date: 2nd September 2024

Application Closing Date: 14th June 2024

Assessment Centre Date: WC 1st July 24 Please note this will be face to face

What does taking part in the Collins Aerospace Operations Graduate Programme involve?

Aimed at ambitious and eager graduates who are looking to develop within one of the world s largest aerospace companies. The scheme will provide you with a structured development programme to enable you to become our next generation of Shift Managers.

The graduate scheme will enable you to gain exposure to a variety of roles on a rotational basis allowing you to develop as a knowledgeable and well-rounded Shift Manager. Over the 3 year period, you will rotate through 5 core business areas:

  • Operations
  • Manufacturing
  • Supply Chain
  • Quality
  • Production Control (SIOP)

There is also the opportunity to self-select a further rotation which supports your individual development plan. You will have direct exposure to senior leaders throughout the graduate scheme in the form of senior sponsors, mentors and regular presentations to the site director regarding your development. This will support you in growing to be a future manager within operations.

Development and training to build your career

We recognise that your development is key for you to fulfil your potential in the world of work. That s why we ve created a programme that will support your learning to deliver real business value.

You will undertake a comprehensive personal development program across the three years as well as the completion of The Aston Professional Managers' Award with Aston University which will develop key management and leadership decision making skills and tools through the following topics:

  • Operations Management - a process perspective
  • People Management - how to manage yourself and engage others
  • Project Management - delivering successful projects for successful outcomes
  • Business Strategy - out-thinking your competitors
  • Finance - interpreting financial data to make more effective decisions
  • Marketing - why it matters for business success

By the end of the programme, having completed your rotations and training, you will have gained an effective understanding of Collins Aerospace s business strategies and processes, and developed the skills, knowledge and experience to help us to continue to redefine aerospace.

What are we looking for?

The 3 year graduate scheme will be challenging and we are looking for the best graduates who have the core behaviours to be our future leaders.


  • Graduates in any related discipline who have completed their first degree with a minimum of a 2:1 (or predicted)
  • Great team players!
  • Curiosity and the ability to absorb information to enable you to understand our business and the role effectively
  • Strong business acumen, leadership potential and change management capabilities
  • The confidence and vision to look at, and challenge, existing ways of working
  • Analytical thinkers you ll be handling lots of information and data and you ll need to make sense of it
  • Fluency in English


  • Graduates in Engineering or Manufacturing Engineering who have completed their first degree with a minimum of a 2:1 (or predicted)
  • Natural leaders
  • Brilliant communicators you ll be liaising with many different people
  • Motivated and professional
  • Great organisation skills with a keen eye for detail
  • Passion to work in aerospace and a real desire to make a difference to our business


  • Up to 8% Annual Bonus
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Private Healthcare and Dental Cover
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • 185 hours holiday per annum (not including Bank Holidays)

About us:

At Collins Aerospace, we re working side by side with our customers & partners to dream, design & deliver solutions that redefine the future of our industry. We are part of Raytheon Technologies & provide technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defence industry to connect and protect people around the world. We are inventors, we are manufacturers, we work in space exploration, commercial air travel, defence & rescue applications.

Are you looking to join a dynamic global team that works across the entire Aerospace industry? If yes, get onboard the Collins Aerospace Team & play a part in expanding the opportunities to develop new products & challenge the state of art technology.

We believe Diversity drives innovation; equity eliminates obstacles, inclusion drives success. We believe a multitude of approaches and ideas enable us to deliver the best results for our workforce, workplace, and customers. We are committed to fostering a culture where everyone can belong & succeed, contributing to a better society.

We are committed to ensuring the recruitment process is barrier-free & inclusive as possible to everyone. We will make adjustments for people who have disability or long term condition to remove barriers that may be experienced in the recruitment process.

Apply now and be part of the team that s redefining aerospace, every day!

As part of the recruitment process, successful candidates will be invited on site to our facility in Wolverhampton to participate in an assessment centre which will be held week commencing 1st July. You will receive a formal invite if you are successful to this stage which will include all the information regarding the day.

Please note that potential candidates will be subject to Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) and background checks and that project access restrictions may apply to some nationalities.

RTX is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.