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Aer Lingus Welcomes 27 Maintenance and Engineering Apprenticeship Graduates
Aer Lingus is celebrating the graduation of 27 new engineers, who have successfully completed the carrier’s Maintenance and Engineering Apprenticeship. The new graduates will now take up Maintenance and Engineering roles with Aer Lingus.
On Thursday (January 26, 2023), Aer Lingus announced the graduation of 27 new Engineers from the carrier’s Maintenance and Engineering Apprenticeship Program. The new graduates will now take up Maintenance and Engineering roles with Aer Lingus, servicing the airline’s fleet of Airbus aircraft, including next-generation A320neo and A321neos. Since the program was launched in 2011, the airline has forged the careers of 140 aircraft engineers. The four-year apprenticeship program runs in conjunction with SOLAS, the State further education and training agency, based in Shannon, along with Technical University Dublin.
In Thursday’s announcement, Aer Lingus’ Chief Technical Officer, Javier Jimenez, said,
“We are delighted to officially welcome all our graduates into the Aer Lingus Maintenance and Engineering team and commend them on their hard work and dedication. We are immensely proud of our rich heritage in supporting young people starting out in their careers. Our apprenticeships enable us to attract new talent and future-proof the next generation who in turn will help to shape the future of Aer Lingus. Safety is at heart of everything we do in Aer Lingus and our aircraft engineers play an immensely important role in delivering a smooth operation for the airline. We are particularly encouraged by the number of female graduates this year and hope to continue this trajectory attracting females to such roles within the aviation industry.”
Consisting of seven phases, successful apprenticeship candidates move between classroom training in both Shannon and Dublin, and on-the-job training at the Aer Lingus Maintenance and Engineering Hangar at Dublin Airport. Apprentices primarily work on line-maintenance, with a focus on delivering Aer Lingus’ customer experience. The airline expects to launch their next Maintenance and Engineering Apprenticeship in early spring 2023.
Source: Aer Lingus