Maintaining military aircraft and personal survival equipment
The following Standard reflects employers’ requirements for the skills, knowledge and behaviours required to be competent in the job role.
The Survival Equipment Fitter will maintain aircraft, and personal survival equipment. It is a skilled, complex and specialist role, maintaining survival equipment according to approved requirements and work instructions, using specific tools and equipment. They must comply with regulatory and organisational requirements. They must be able to research data sources, ensuring that on completion of a task all aircraft documentation is accurately filled in. They will be expected to work both individually and as part of a larger maintenance team.
There are different requirements which need a range of options depending upon the employer context.
Options are available through the Apprenticeship depending on the context of the employer’s business in military aviation, rotary or fixed wing aircraft. All routes have core knowledge requirements but practical skills options are likely to differ but are of equal weighting. Minimum requirements and rules of combination are contained in the Employer Occupational Brief (EOB) within the Assessment Strategy.
Employer Selected Options:
Modern maintenance organisations require their employees to have a set of behaviours that will ensure success both in their role and in the overall company objectives. The required behaviours are:
Individual employers will set the selection criteria for their Apprenticeship. In order to optimise success, candidates will typically possess three GCSEs C grade (or equivalent) or above on entry including Maths and English. Apprentices without Level 2 Maths and English must achieve this prior to taking the end-point assessment.
Typically 36 months, timescales may reduce if an apprentice has prior relevant qualifications/experience.
After a period of foundation skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following
qualifications (working titles -currently in development)
After a further period of skills and technical knowledge development all apprentices will be required to achieve the following qualification (working title - currently in development)
All of the qualification requirements in the foundation and development phase are mandatory outcomes for the completion and final certification of the Apprenticeship Standard. Each qualification has a core and options approach and employers will select the most applicable pathway and unit options to meet their business requirements. Further detail can be found in the Employer Occupational Brief which is an annex to the Assessment Plan.
There will be an assessment at the end of the development phase where the apprentice will need to demonstrate full competence against the qualification outcomes for knowledge, skills and behaviours, set out in the Standard and Employer Occupational Brief. On successful completion of the employer endorsement phase (sign off) apprentices will be then be put forward to be awarded their Apprenticeship completion certificate.
This Apprenticeship will be recognised by the Training Requirements Authority (TRA) at the appropriate level of professional competence.
This Apprenticeship Standard is at Level 3 (equivalent to two A levels A*- C grade) and will be reviewed after three years to ensure it continues to meet employers’ requirements and provides the basis for progression to higher qualifications and or job roles.
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