CHC Helicopter’s apprentices realise dreams

CHC SCOTIA HELICOPTERS APPRENTICE SCHEME PHOTO

CHC SCOTIA HELICOPTERS APPRENTICE SCHEME PHOTO - Credit: NEWSLINE MEDIA LIMITED

The first group of apprentices in CHC Helicopter’s scheme to develop 35 new, world-class engineers over the next three to five years have arrived in Aberdeen. The week-long induction to the North Sea operations includes hands-on experience working under the guidance of highly experienced aircraft engineers. Apprentices will also be introduced to CHC’s integrated safety management system and safety culture, and get an overview of the North Sea oil and gas players who are CHC’s customers. The apprentices went to the Granite City following eight months training. CHC, which has a base in North Denes, Great Yarmouth launched the scheme in September 2013 and received interest from more than 400 applicants.

One of the apprentices, Rosie Clarkson, 21, said: “I’ve always dreamt of being a helicopter engineer, so to be a step closer to completing my course while working for such a prestigious helicopter operator is satisfying.”

Mark Abbey, CHC regional director for West North Sea, said: “By investing in this apprenticeship programme, we are securing a sustainable pipeline of engineers that will continue to contribute to delivering safe and effective operations.

From June, the group begins 18 months of on-the-job training in Aberdeen, North Denes in Yarmouth, and Den Helder in The Netherlands, continuing their work towards a European Aviation Safety Agency-approved qualification, a Level 3 Aeronautical Maintenance Diploma, and a Level 3 National Vocational Qualification in Aeronautical Engineering.

Places for new apprentices are available each year, and people interested in the next intake can register an interest at www.lrtt.co.uk.