ELEVEN students from Ayrshire College’s HNC Aeronautical Engineering course have secured attractive apprenticeships with Prestwick Aircraft Maintenance Ltd (PAML).
PAML is a facility at Prestwick Airport operated by Ryanair to carry out heavy maintenance duties on its fleet of aircraft.
The college students gained their new positions as a result of a mutually-beneficial partnership that sees PAML recruit their new apprentices directly from the college.
The recruits for 2016 are Andrew Davidson, Andrew Fulton, David Gracie, Stuart Hastings, Cameron Henderson, Christopher Hill, Jack Leitch, Sam Lewis, Kyle McIver, Fergus Mitchell, and Andrew Muir.
The apprentice engineers will combine their time between PAML’s Prestwick base and the Ayr Campus of Ayrshire College.
Cameron Henderson said: “I was always attracted to engineering because I am interested in learning how and why things work. Ryanair has given me the chance to become a licensed Aircraft Engineer while Ayrshire College has some of the best facilities in the UK, so I’m looking forward to this apprenticeship.”
Four other students from the college – Dhanyal Baig, Megan Brodie, Cameron Cruickshanks, and Sam Piper – have also been employed by Ryanair as Trainee Mechanics and started at the end of September.
Ayrshire College works with employers to design courses that are tailored to meet industry needs, and offers their engineering students first-class training facilities at its Aeronautical Engineering Training Centre.
The college ran a course from January to May for unemployed engineers looking to re-train as Sheet Metal Workers, from which PAML recruited eight students.
Another course began in August when 14 potential recruits started their training.
PAML also aims to send up to 12 employees for training in composite material repair.
Gavin Murray, director of Learning and Skills for STEM at Ayrshire College, said: “Our relationship with Prestwick Aircraft Maintenance Ltd gives our students the opportunity to work in a first-class industrial environment.
“It is important that students from Ayrshire College are equipped with the necessary skills required to work for our industry partners, which is why we work closely with industry leaders such as PAML.
“We look forward to watching the 2016 cohort thrive in their new roles.”
Andy Marshall, base maintenance manager for Prestwick Aircraft Maintenance, said: “We have an excellent working relationship with Ayrshire College.
“We are continually looking to develop and improve our skills training which together, over the past ten years has generated over 100 jobs for the region.
“We have recently introduced two new streams of training, sheet metal and composite, whilst this will be the first year for composite training, the sheet metalwork courses are proving very successful.
“We look forward to a continued partnership with Ayrshire College.”
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