Aer Lingus are looking to recruit a number of apprentice aircraft engineers

buzz | April 11, 2019

Aer Lingus are looking to recruit a number of apprentice aircraft engineers
The Irish carrier are looking to recruit and invite 10 applicants for their Maintenance and Engineering Apprentice training programme this September. The apprenticeship is a 4-year programme in conjunction with SOLAS in Shannon and Technological University Dublin (TUD) which will allow successful apprenticeships to become fully qualified aircraft engineers once they have completed all phases. The apprenticeship is full time, the duration of which will be spent between on the job and off the job training. The airline also said it is keen to increase its intake of female apprentices this time around.

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