Our apprenticeships offer a great route into a varied and exciting career with TUI. We have lots of opportunities whether you join us in our finance team, or at our Hangar in engineering with TUI Airline, we’ll offer you heaps of support and encouragement – and all the opportunity you need to take your future where you like. All you need to do is show us that you’re serious about working hard, being an important member of our team – doing whatever it takes to make our customers ‘Live Happy’.
As a fully qualified engineer, you’ll be involved in Heavy Maintenance of our fleet of 130 Boeing aircraft. TUI Airline operates Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 737-800 and 737 MAX, and if successful you’ll be qualified to work on some of the highest tech aircraft currently in operation. Your expertise will ensure the safe and reliable operation of our fleet, ensuring customers discover their smiles on their next TUI holiday.
Watch our video to find out more about the team.
JUSTIN ANDREWS, AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING APPRENTICE
“I aspire to be a B1 Licensed Engineer. But for now, I shadow others in their work and absorb as much information as I can from them in their years of experience. No two days are really the same, and that’s what I love.”
James Parkins, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Apprentice
“I’m currently in my third year of the four-year apprenticeship and every day is different. I have a great interest in aircraft so having a job maintaining them makes it much easier to get out of bed in the mornings. I’ve been lucky enough to build one of our new Boeing 737 MAX engines worth around £15,000,000, being trusted to work on aircraft and engines worth millions is just one of the perks of the job.
If you’re thinking about applying, I’d say go for it. The Aircraft Engineering apprenticeship programme here at TUI is one of the best to get into engineering and a career in an airline industry means that it’s constantly evolving so it’s always exciting.”
Keon McGivney, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Apprentice
“Prior to joining TUI, I had work experience in Hangar 61 when I was 15/16. Doing this cemented my goal of becoming an Aircraft Engineer. I then went on to do my A Levels before joining TUI two years later.
Since being at TUI, I’ve really enjoyed my time here and have done some very interesting work. I think the most interesting piece of work I’ve done is the leap engine rebuild. This is where we basically put all the components, pipes and ducts onto a new Boeing 737 MAX leap engine before being put on an aircraft.
All my colleagues in the Hangar are very experienced and have worked in the industry for most/all of their careers, so working alongside them has allowed me to ask questions and gain a better understanding about aircraft systems and how they work.”
Andre Antoine, Engineering Apprentice
“I attended college for two years studying general engineering and then found myself applying for TUI and luckily getting the opportunity to work as an Aircraft Engineering apprentice.
I’m currently based in Luton working in my third year of the four-year apprenticeship and have enjoyed every minute of it. My biggest highlight would have to be being involved with an aircraft push back, so this involves being in the flight deck when the aircraft is ready to go out and on the radio with the tug driver and controlling the brakes of the aircraft, so it doesn’t roll away. This gives you a lot of responsibility as you need to be very aware of your surroundings.
I’m glad I chose to work for TUI as they really give you a lot of responsibility and make you feel very important. It allows you to develop very quickly as an engineer. They also care a lot about their apprentices and brand us as the future which is always nice to hear.”
Jerry Degnan, Head of Base Maintenance, TUI Airline
“I started as an apprentice at TUI in 1988 and I then worked on the Hangar floor and line stations as a mechanic. I got my A&C licenses in 1999 and was promoted to a Certifying Tradesperson. I worked permanent nightshifts as a Team Leader in 2002 before becoming Group Leader Nightshift in 2005. In 2008, I became Manager Services and then in 2011 the Outsourced Maintenance Manager. In 2016 I became Fleet Acquisition Manager and then Head of Base Maintenance in 2019.
In my role currently, the Base Maintenance team carry out heavy maintenance checks for all five of the TUI Airlines. We can also carry out minor and unscheduled checks and AOG (aircraft on ground) recovery to support the operation. We’re currently reviewing the use of drones and how they can be used in aircraft inspections in the future and we’re also reviewing the use of laptops and tablets to improve the efficiency for engineers working on aircraft rather than desktop PCs at fixed work stations.
It’s a really exciting time.”
Andrew Rowe, Hangar Manager
“I’m the Hangar Manager based in Luton, so I have responsibility amongst other things for Workshops and Powerplant support. I work with a Management Team that along with a workforce of 120 people delivers Heavy Maintenance for TUI Airline group aircraft. I also look after the Aircraft Engineering apprenticeship programme.
I started as an apprentice in 1983 with Britannia Airways (now TUI Airline). I’ve worked in Hangar and Line roles, and have been based at various locations around the UK and worked overseas in America and the Middle East. The variety is the best part of my role.
Even after 38 years, no two days are ever the same and I still get a buzz from working around aircraft. I also enjoy looking after the Aircraft Engineering apprenticeship programme and it has made me even more aware than ever that early talent is key to ensuring we can continue to deliver high quality maintenance to our ever-changing fleet of group aircraft.”
Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship
The Chartered Management Degree Programme is a unique opportunity to study towards a management degree whilst gaining four years’ worth of experience across four different roles within our business all without the student debt. We’ve partnered with the University of Hertfordshire to develop a unique and innovative degree apprenticeship that allows you to explore our business to help you decide your future career path and allows us to develop our future leaders. Our programme is designed to ‘bring to life’ the theoretical side of the degree through storytelling from our very own senior leaders.
Watch the video to find out more about the Chartered Management Degree Programme and meet some of our current apprentices below to see if this is right for you.
Julie Tindale, HR Director TUI UK&I
Rebecca Wakelin, Early Talent & Apprenticeship Manager
Marcus Blackmore, Mobile Merchandising Executive
“Before joining TUI, I had been studying towards achieving my A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths as well as considering future careers. At the time, I was very unaware of what I wanted to do when I was older. In addition to applying to university I decided to explore other opportunities that were available to me and that’s when I discovered the TUI Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship.
Since joining TUI, I’ve met some incredible, talented and inspiring colleagues within the business. Initially, I was anxious when joining TUI that everyone would be a lot older than me however this was not the case. Due to the large variety of early talent/graduate schemes within TUI means there is a whole spectrum of colleagues from different ages and cultures.”
Charlotte French, Content Distribution Executive
“I completed my A Levels and didn’t have a clue what I wanted my next steps to be. I applied for university as the rest of my peers were doing so but knew that I didn’t really want to be a full-time student. I had received my university offer but decided to defer my place for one year to allow me time to work out what I really wanted.
In that year, I came across the TUI Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship Programme and instantly knew that this is where I needed to be. I was accepted onto the programme and since joining, I’ve gained so much knowledge and experience of different sides to the business.
TUI has a really fun culture where there is always something exciting happening that you can get involved in. TUI also has some really good benefits, including great holidays, which really makes you feel valued as an employee.”
Nathan Ruff, Engagement and Internal Communications Executive
“I joined TUI straight after completing my A Levels in 2018. Going from an academic environment to a work one was a really big change for me, and one I had to quickly adapt to. Each role has given me great experience and a wide range of opportunities to help me both with my future prospects and my degree that I’m studying towards.
I’m currently based at Wigmore House in Luton, but since the pandemic, TUI has offered great flexibility in how and where we decide to work, even if that should that be at home. I currently do three days a week working at home and a couple of days in the office, but I have the flexibility to change that week-by-week. I also commute about an hour to get into the office, but with the right radio station on that flies by! Don’t be nervous about applying or joining the business.”
No matter where holiday-lovers are on the web, we want them to be able to find TUI. Our Digital Marketing team executes innovative and inspiring digital campaigns to raise online engagement and sales with our TUI brands and products, including First Choice, Marella Cruises, Crystal Ski Holidays, River Cruises, and even our app. Using key digital channels such as paid search, social marketing, video, in-house display and affiliate marketing, we run campaigns with the likes of Google, YouTube, Facebook, MailOnline, and Mediacom, as well as a range of internal teams.
You’ll play a key role in our Digital Marketing team by assisting with the management of the processes behind the utilisation of budget, as well as supporting with understanding the ever-changing priorities and focuses across TUI’s product range and the wider travel market.
Bart Quinton-Smith, Director of Digital Marketing and CRM
James Moy, Senior Digital Marketing Manager
“I head up the Trading and Planning aspect of the Digital Marketing team and started working at TUI in 2012. My key responsibility to is ensure that our digital marketing activity is supporting and driving forward the commercial goals of the business covering our core package holiday product for TUI and First Choice, as well as Cruise and Flights and Crystal Ski, and our developing product areas such as River Cruise and Hotel Only. I also support with the growth of our TUI App. I count myself very lucky to work in the award winning Digital Marketing team for a company like TUI, who really understands the importance of digital marketing and invests significantly in the area. We’ve become a truly pivotal part of the future success of the company, attracting some incredibly talented people and being central to the growth and development of our product portfolio. We work with all areas of the business as well as some of the biggest names in external partners and agencies so, it really is the place to be!”
Jess Garner, Social Media Manager, Marella Cruises
“I’ve worked at TUI for over eight years now and I’ve loved every minute of it. I left school at 16 to undertake an apprenticeship in a TUI retail store and then went on to become the Assistant Manager in that same shop. I’ve always had a passion for travel so after a short career break to travel, I moved to Finland to work as a representative for Crystal Ski. Whilst away, TUI advertised the first ever Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship Programme. I never thought university was an option for me as I left full time education at 16, but I was really interested in doing four rotational roles in head office as I still didn’t know where I wanted to go next in my career. Alongside my degree I’ve worked as an analyst in the Airline, a Digital Marketing Executive and now I’m Social Media Manager for our Cruise business. I graduate in 2022 but I hope my career with TUI will go far beyond that. TUI is full of passionate, fun and motivated people. The one thing we’ve all got in common is our love for travel and the company we work for.”
Our vision in Finance is to ‘Deliver a World Class Valued Service’. As part of our strategy to future-proof our business, we’re continuing with the ambition to build a modern finance function. Our focus is to drive best practice by staying close to the business and focusing on value creation. We achieve this through excellent business partnering, utlising data to drive decision making, ensuring a robust control framework and driving forward the automation of processes.
Lucy Lynam, Finance Business Partner
Jemma Poulton, Finance Apprentice, TUI Airline
“When I left Sixth Form, I was fortunate enough to get my place on the apprenticeship scheme. Whilst being an apprentice I’ve completed AAT Level 3 whilst working in an accounting role in the Tour Operator and most recently I’ve been working towards AAT Level 4 whilst in an accounting role in the Airline. I’ve worked with so many people during the apprenticeship and each person is invested in our development as the next. My colleagues at TUI have all had differing routes of progression to their current roles and their experiences are frequently shared throughout Finance. Outside of Finance I’ve worked with many colleagues from HR and Early Careers to Retail and Contact Centre.”
James Rowley, Finance Apprentice – Sales & Marketing
“I first joined TUI in September 2018. My first role was within the Cruise Accounting team which lasted 18 months. This was my first experience within Finance and being in an office environment. Alongside this, I was working to achieve my Level 2 and 3 AAT qualifications. Within my time at TUI, the most notable moment was transitioning from my Accounting role to my Commercial role as this was very different to a traditional accounting role. However, I was excited to be a part of Commercial Finance as it meant I would learn more about the business and how it operates. I chose TUI because of the amount support I get within the company. The support from managers and lecturers has been the key to me being happy within the company. I can always rely on someone to help me if I’m struggling with work or an upcoming exam which motivates me to become even better.”
Markets & Airlines Legal provides legal support and service across the operational markets of TUI Group as well as our five airlines and centralised functional activity. While aiming to operate as one cohesive team, we maintain a regional and functional split so as to support the operational needs of the business. Within that wider segment, the Northern Region team provides commercial and regulatory advice and support into the UK & Ireland and Nordics countries as well as fully participating in wider cross-market activity. It’s an exciting time as Markets & Airlines Legal has started a journey of modernisation including the deployment of legal technology designed to enhance the effectiveness of the service we provide.
Samantha Goodwin, Paralegal
“At the age of 18, I decided to uproot my entire life and move over 100 miles away to begin this exciting route to qualify as a Solicitor. I began my journey at the University of Hertfordshire three years ago and in just one years’ time I will be at my graduation – time really does fly and both TUI and the university have kept me busy to ensure this! At TUI I have progressed through four varied roles – from defending injury and sickness claims, to negotiating contracts surrounding our Aircraft Fleet. Throughout my time here, I’ve been supported by professionals who specialise in each niche area. In addition to these roles, I’ve also had the opportunity to visit our head office in Hanover, Germany where I met our colleagues and engaged in the sort of work they get up to on a day-to-day basis. My biggest highlight while working at TUI was the launch of our cruise ship – Marella Explorer 2. At TUI we’re frequently offered opportunities to ‘test’ the brand and our new products and services. On this particular occasion I was fortunate enough to secure a place on a 5-day getaway on board our new ship around the Mediterranean with my fellow colleagues. This involved testing out all of the ships features to ensure that the ship was ready to invite our first haul of customers on-board. I was able to meet so many new faces from around the business and really get a feel for all of the varied work that goes on behind the scenes.”