Published on : Friday, November 15, 2013
As part of Bournemouth Airport’s commitment to job creation in the region, the airport has recently recruited its second Engineering Apprentice.17 year old Stephen Mitchell has joined the Air Traffic Engineering team studying for a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Electrical/Electronic Engineering. When he has completed the apprenticeship he will be responsible for the maintenance, repair and installation of all the Air Traffic Control systems including Navigational and Landing Aids, Communications and Radar.
Commenting on his appointment, Stephen said: “I was thrilled to hear that I had been offered an apprenticeship at Bournemouth Airport. I’m hoping to build a career within air traffic engineering and after I’ve achieved my Level 3 Diploma, I’m hoping to study for a higher level HNC or HND qualification.”Bournemouth Airport is committed to training the next generation of engineers. It took on a motor transport apprentice in 2008 (Sam Deeming) who is still working at the Airport and is now an important member of the engineering team. Apprentices based at the airport study towards a relevant nationally recognised qualification whilst working and developing their knowledge and skills in a live workplace.
Stephen couldn’t be in a better place to learn. The airfield electronics team at Bournemouth Airport has more than 179 years of experience combined which Stephen will be able to draw upon. He will also have a wide range of new technologies to master and, once trained, will be able to transfer his skills other airports within the Manchester Airports Group. MAG owns and operates the airports of Bournemouth, East Midlands, Manchester and London Stansted and is developing the £800m Airport City project at Manchester.
“Having started my career as an apprentice, I fully understand how important apprenticeships are to the engineering industry,” explains Mike Twomey, Head of Technical Services at Bournemouth Airport. “It’s important to bring youth and new thinking to any business whilst, at the same time, offering employment opportunities to the local community. Our previous apprentice was a real success story, and I’m confident that Stephen will also become an excellent engineer and form part of our future.”
Bournemouth Airport is working with local training provider, Paragon, to offer Stephen this 4 year apprenticeship programme.Andy McMinn, Engineering Operations Director for Paragon Skills said: “Paragon’s prime aim is to provide opportunities to local industry such as Bournemouth Airport and new apprentices looking to build a future career. With fresh input from Stephen into the company, supported by experienced know-how, both parties will benefit from new skills as technology continues to change over time”.
Bournemouth Airport recognises that apprentices bring valuable skills such as fresh approaches to problem solving and offer support to experienced team-members. Apprentice positions across the four airports sites owned by MAG, Bournemouth’s parent company, were advertised in divisions such as Engineering, Customer Services and IT during the Summer.
Source:- Bournemouth Airport
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