SYDNEY – ExecuJet MRO Services, a Dassault Aviation company, is working in Sydney with the local Technical and Further Education (TAFE) aviation college and in Melbourne and Perth with Aviation Australia to increase the number of apprenticeship positions at the company.
“We have been consistently employing apprentices each year but are now increasing the intake. It is important to invest in homegrown talent and our young people,” says Grant Ingall, Regional Vice President Australasia at ExecuJet MRO Services.
“We are helping young people to acquire high tech skills relevant to the business aviation MRO industry and creating a pipeline of new highly-skilled and qualified technicians and engineers to facilitate the growth of ExecuJet MRO Services Australia.”
“This year we have five openings for apprentices,” adds Ingall.
Through the achieved partnership, apprentices do some of their training at the TAFE college or Aviation Australia and the other – more hands on, practical training – at ExecuJet MRO Services which assigns a senior maintenance engineer to mentor each apprentice. The Australian MRO has aircraft heavy maintenance facilities at: Melbourne’s Essendon Fields Airport as well as at Perth Airport and Sydney Airport.
The apprenticeship program provides in-depth training on maintenance procedures for aircraft and systems and develops apprentices’ knowledge and understanding of civil aviation maintenance regulations.
The ExecuJet mentors imparts the technical skills, best industry practices and the company’s values. The company also offers a supportive learning environment for apprentices, enables career advancement and provides employees with a clear path to success.
“We have senior maintenance supervisors on staff who first started their careers as apprentices here,” says Ingall.
An apprenticeship at ExecuJet MRO Services takes approximately four years to complete; it is either a Certificate IV or Diploma. After receipt of a diploma you are ready to apply to Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to be recognized as a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer. The next step after that is aircraft type training in order to hold a type rating and be certified to perform work on particular aircraft types.
“We are looking to recruit people who have an interest in aviation or technology as well as working in a hands-on environment. We want young people to know that aviation is a very technologically-advanced industry that provides very fulfilling careers,” says Ingall.
Apart from the apprenticeship program, ExecuJet also hires entry level graduates with aerospace and aviation degrees. In Australia, ExecuJet MRO Services currently employs talented people who commencing their first aviation role in the Supply Chain, Quality, Safety & Planning Departments. Ingall says: “With a sound theoretical training, high levels of technical skills and energy these staff are proving very valuable to the company. In return, ExecuJet’s small business units, wide ranging capabilities and dynamic environment offer a very good introduction and broad experience of the industry.”
“ExecuJet MRO Services is a global MRO network so there are also opportunities later on to move around the network; whether it be working interstate or overseas in: Europe, South Africa, the Middle East or Asia,” adds Ingall.