Virgin Atlantic seeks apprentices to work at Crawley hanger

Virgin Atlantic is inviting applications for its 2019 engineering apprenticeship scheme.

Tuesday, 12th February 2019, 12:31 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th February 2019, 3:31 pm

Successful candidates will initially be based at Virgin Atlantic’s Hangar in Crawley before spending ten months at a state-of-the-art training facility in Gloucestershire.

The final 24 months of the programme sees apprentices based at Heathrow or Gatwick.

Phil Maher, executive vice president of operations at Virgin Atlantic, said: “Our engineering department is the linchpin of our entire operations team and that’s why it’s so important that we invest in upcoming talent.

Virgin Atlantic is inviting applications for its engineering apprenticeship scheme

“Today’s apprentices are our future leaders and we’re committed to the learning and development of our new recruits.

“Our apprenticeship programme is a fantastic opportunity for budding recruits to kick-start their career in aviation and I look forward to welcoming our future candidates on board soon.”

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Rebecca Hoiback, who is currently in her second year of the apprenticeship, said: “Joining the Virgin Atlantic family and choosing to become an engineer was the best decision I’ve ever made. The apprenticeship is so varied, one day I’ll be in a classroom and the next I’ll be assisting with a real aircraft engine change – I’d definitely recommend it to anyone thinking about applying!”

The three year programme will see apprentices working on long haul aircraft such as the 787 and the A350, which is set to join Virgin Atlantic’s fleet from August.

The programme will culminate in an EASA Part 66 Category A licence along with the opportunity to apply for a permanent role with the airline.