10 May 2018
Scotland’s first aviation maintenance engineer apprenticeship programme is now accepting applications.
The scheme, established by Loganair and unveiled last year by Transport Minister Humza Yousaf, is aimed at school leavers considering a career in engineering or aviation.
There are six vacancies for the four-year, full-time, 40 hour per-week course, to be based in Glasgow for one year before being given the option to transfer to either Aberdeen or Kirkwall, and successful recruits will receive a salary of £13,000.
Intended to meet the needs of the Scottish aviation industry, the new apprenticeship scheme will create an MA in aircraft maintenance that will satisfy the licence requirements of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
It will also address a growing issue in the industry of a shortage of qualified engineers and ensure that the industry’s historic reliance on trained engineers leaving the Armed Forces is significantly reduced, a prudent step considering the reduced scale of Armed Forces personnel training today.
Led by Scotland's Airline Loganair, it is supported by partners from the industry and from education, as well as by Transport Scotland.
Upon qualification, after completing the four-year course and in their early 20s, graduates will be eligible to receive a salary of over £40,000.
Barry Stone, director of engineering at Loganair said: “We’re really impressed by the level of interest we’ve already received, testament to the opportunity which this course presents to young people.
“With the choice of three different geographical bases, a £13,000 a year salary and a qualification which is valid across Europe, this is an excellent route to employment for anyone keen to get into aviation maintenance.
“We’re pleased to be working in partnership with a number of organisations to deliver the course, which is a first for Scotland. This is even more significant during the Year of the Young Person, as this initiative is designed to develop the workforce of tomorrow.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting the successful candidates and would also be keen to hear from prospective engineers from across the Highlands and Islands.”
Applications can be made via www.apprenticeships.scot and searching the engineering section under the Modern Apprenticeship tab.