Forces to Civilian Transition Programme 2024: Military Pathway to B1 Mechanical or B2 Avionics Licence

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Helping Ex-Military Talent Take the Next Step 

As Forces Covenant civilian employment support providers for Service leavers and Veterans, Carbon60 – one of the UK’s Top 25 Veteran Employers – are proud to work in partnership with STS Aviation Services on an exciting new programme designed to create exciting post-service careers for ex-forces talent. 

Utilising the recruitment expertise and experience of Carbon60, STS – specialists in comprehensive aircraft maintenance, engineering, and modification solutions – are searching for ex-military personnel to join their Forces to Civilian Transition Programme 2024. This programme provides fantastic opportunities to kickstart a career at one of the leading engineering companies in the global aviation industry, gain vital experience and, most importantly, transition into civilian life with the security and support employment provides.

There are many places in the programme available, and Carbon60 are recruiting on behalf of STS Aviation Services now ahead of a programme start date in the 2nd half of 2024 and a second course starting in the 1st half of 2025. If you wish to apply, or find out more information, get in touch.


The Role and Entry Requirements : Military Pathway to B1 Mechanical or B2 Avionics Licence

The Forces to Civilian Transition Programme 2024 is only available to individuals with existing mechanical or avionics experience. However, these individuals don’t have to be in the Armed Forces currently and can apply even if they are already in post-military employment elsewhere. 

For the many spaces available, STS are searching for some people currently without a UK CAA B1 Mechanical Licence or B2 Avionics Licence, who will join at step one of the programme and be trained to by Carbon60 ahead of deployment at STS; and some who already have a UK CAA B1 or B2 Licence who will join STS directly as part of their existing workforce. 

Regardless of their role, every individual will be provided with all the support, guidance and advice needed to ensure an effective, enjoyable and successful transition of military personnel to civilian employment. 


Training and Qualifications

For those currently without a UK CAA B1 or B2 Licence, Carbon60 will provide all the training required to complete your CAA Part-66 Category B licence modules whilst performing OJT in a live hanger environment. This will include a 22-week classroom-based course for obtaining the B license, followed by a type rating course on a wide body aircraft. 

Additionally, you’ll benefit from a tailored ILM-accredited leadership program at the foundation degree level, which is designed to take and grow your existing military leadership prowess and help you develop leadership skills for transition into a civilian environment.

Training will be held in Manchester initially, with OJT opportunities being offered in Manchester or Birmingham. What’s more, shift patterns in each location are diverse to suit your lifestyle and promote work-life harmony. 

Please note: A minimum of 5 years of mechanical or avionics experience is required to join the programme.


Salary and Progression

Upon joining the programme, you’ll receive a competitive starting salary of £26,000 during training, which increases to £42,740 during the OJT phase. When the training is completed and your licence gained, you’ll be rewarded with an impressive salary of £64,785.

Carbon60’s Commitment to You

As you learn, develop and build towards gaining high-level qualifications and a rewarding new career, earning a fantastic salary along the way, Carbon60 promise to provide: 

  • Dedicated transitional support, designed to guide you on a seamless transition into civilian life. 
  • An inclusive, supportive culture in which you’re encouraged to be creative, individual and your authentic self.
  • Unmatched benefits that go beyond a competitive salary to take your career to new heights. 
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More about STS Aviation Services

STS Aviation Services operates three state-of-the-art aircraft hangars, two interior modification facilities, and over 40 line maintenance stations worldwide. Their facilities and expert personnel drive a commitment to providing comprehensive aircraft maintenance, engineering, and modification solutions to the global aviation industry.


Think you’re ready for this opportunity?

Then we want to hear from you! Carbon60 and STS are proud to offer this opportunity to our Veterans and Ex-Forces personnel, and keen to help talented, dedicated and deserving individuals not only kickstart an exciting new civilian career, but also help engineer the future of aviation. 

With this incredible, potentially life-changing programme beginning in the 2nd half of 2024 and a second course starting in the 1st half of 2025, you will need to apply soon to ensure you don’t miss out. So get in touch with us now, simply apply or contact Demi for more information:


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