SHANNON based Atlantic Aviation Group (AAG) is recruiting thirty new trainee aircraft technicians to help the firm service its expanding client base.

One of Europe’s largest aircraft maintenance companies, AAG has announced that it will open two recruitment periods for its traineeship programme in 2024. Applicants wishing to train as aircraft maintenance technicians can apply for the first phase of recruitment on June 10, while the second phase will begin in October.

A total of 600 people are employed at AAG at its facilities in Shannon with 120 staff in its facility in Brize Norton, UK.

AAG has teamed up with the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB) to offer the two-year traineeship programme. On completion, a total of 30 trainees will receive a Category A Aircraft Maintenance Licence from the Irish Aviation Authority. There is an intake of fifteen trainees per class.

The partnership between AAG, which operates its own training academy, and LCETB aims to address the global shortage of qualified aircraft maintenance technicians. Qualifications awarded through the AAG programme are globally recognised, meaning qualified technicians have the freedom to work anywhere in the world.

Chief Aviation Services Officer with AAG, Eva O’Keeffe explained, “Having successfully filled three classes of trainees in the last 12 months here at AAG, we are delighted to now be recruiting for two further classes for the remainder of 2024 to address our skills need at AAG as well as the wider global shortage of qualified aircraft technicians.

James Power of the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board said: “The Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board remains dedicated to supporting the aviation industry within the region. With a long legacy dating back to 1989, Shannon Campus has been committed to providing aircraft maintenance training, originally with Shannon Aerospace and now with Atlantic Aviation Group. The qualifications gained from this training are widely acknowledged worldwide, serving as a gateway for successful learners to travel and work in the aviation sector”.

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