Constant expands efforts to recruit MRO techs

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Constant Aviation has expanded its Maintenance Apprenticeship Programme, further expanding its recruitment initiatives to meet the growing demand for private aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services. Apprentices in the new two-year programme will work alongside experienced aircraft technicians, learn by performing daily technical tasks and participate in classroom and lab work all while earning a steady income. Apprentices can acquire the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe Certification, an essential first step towards a career in aviation services.

“With the private aviation industry experiencing record growth, rising demand for technical work on aircraft has squeezed MRO staffing industrywide,” said David Davies, Constant Aviation’s CEO. “We are meeting the demand through initiatives including an expanded Maintenance Apprenticeship Program that gives prospective technicians the experience and skills they need for careers in aviation through on-the-job training and classroom and online education.”

Additionally, Constant Aviation has increased technician pay by 10 percent in 2022, putting their compensation in the top one to two percent of the industry. The salary increase showcases the company’s commitment to recruitment, retention, and career longevity.

The Maintenance Apprenticeship Programme is available at Constant Aviation’s main MRO facilities at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (ICAO: KCLE) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (ICAO: KSFB). No prior experience is required, and apprentices will become full-time, regular employees of Constant Aviation, eligible for benefits, earning an hourly wage, and receiving pay increases as they move through milestones of the two-year program.

Constant Aviation covers the cost of all training and certification testing for the Maintenance Apprenticeship Programme and provides study materials, access to online preparation and study software plus a base set of tools essential to begin a career in the aviation tech industry.

In addition to the apprenticeship program, Constant Aviation is recruiting established technicians by offering a US$15,000 signing bonus for successful military veteran candidates to immediately bring experienced technicians into the hangars. Forty percent of Constant Aviation’s current workforce consists of veterans, providing further impetus for attracting skilled workers. In order to boost both recruitment and retention, Constant Aviation also offers a US$2,000 signing bonus for other successful technical position candidates and grants up to US$8,000 to successful aircraft-on-ground (AOG) technician candidates following the completion of their first year with the company.

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