*Photograph: Eamon Ward

SHANNON BASED, Atlantic Aviation Group (AAG) have launched a recruitment drive for 45 apprentice and trainee aircraft engineers.

Presently, there is a worldwide shortage of qualified aircraft maintenance engineers, making it one of the most sought after skillsets in global aviation.

AAG hope to complete their recruitments in the coming months with the trainee opportunities to commence on June 12th, September and October 23rd. AAG which operates its own training academy, has teamed up with the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB) and SOLAS Learning Works to offer more than 45 roles through four-year apprenticeship or two-year traineeship programmes.

Chief Aviation Services officer with AAG, Eva O’Keeffe explained, “As well as addressing our skills needs here at AAG, there is a global shortage of qualified aircraft engineers, making this an extremely valuable skill and exciting career to embark on. Through our Training Academy and partnership with the Limerick and Clare Education Training Board we are committed to running three CAT A Traineeship classes this year to address this skill shortage”.

Qualifications awarded through AAG include a Category B1 licence for qualified apprentices which allow engineers to work anywhere in the world.

James Power of the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board said they had an ongoing commitment to support the aviation sector in the region. “Shannon Campus has a long history of delivering training on aircraft maintenance dating back to 1989 with Shannon Aerospace and is delighted to continue that tradition with Atlantic Aviation Group. There is no doubt that the qualification gained from this training is recognised worldwide and is a passport for a successful learner to travel and work in the aviation sector”.

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