Monarch Aircraft Engineering’s recent expansion of its apprenticeship program from 20 students to 40 annually will aim to broaden its team of engineers for the long-term, the UK MRO’s managing director says.
Speaking to MRO-Network.com, Chris Dare says Monarch’s apprenticeship scheme has long proved an effective way of attracting new talent.
“Many apprentices have stayed with us and developed their careers, but others also go on to other roles within the aerospace sector so benefitting the industry too,” he says.
The first of two intake groups will embark on the four-year programs from September this year, with the second entering the four-year program from March 2019.
The trainees will primarily work at facilities at London Gatwick, Birmingham and Luton airports, but following this, will then be dispatched to all Monarch line stations in the UK to operate on a number of aircraft Monarch holds repair approvals for including the Boeing 787, Airbus A320 family, Embraer 170/190 and Bombardier Q400.
“The first seven months are classroom and workshop based,” Dare says. “After that, the program is 10 months a year in the business with around two months spent back at the Monarch Aircraft Engineering Training Academy.”