As maintenance facilities worldwide struggle to hire enough technicians to keep up with demand, some have opted to train their own. Marshall Aviation Services recently honored four apprentices at an awards ceremony at its facility in Broughton, North Wales.
After completing a three-year apprentice program with the company, Ben Worrall, Rhys Edwards and Andy Thomas (who completed a dual apprenticeship in electrical and airframe) along with Tom Griffith (who completed an airframe apprenticeship) were presented with their certificates by Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group CEO Steve Fitz-Gerald.
Over the course of their apprenticeship program, Worrall, Edwards and Thomas achieved a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 3 in electrical and airframe and Griffith an NVQ Level 3 in airframe. Three of the students also achieved the accolade of being commended at the North West Aerospace Alliance Awards Finals in 2011/12. All four apprentices have secured permanent employment with the company.
Marshall’s Broughton facility maintains a regular apprentice intake of up to three students per year from local colleges, including Coleg Cambria-the College of North East Wales.