High-flying with AAG

20th April 2021

Posted In: WMB Careers

Shannon-based Atlantic Aviation Group (AAG) is on the hunt for 15 ambitious apprentices to join its prestigious industry-leading training programme for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers. AAG is one of Europe’s leading independent aviation organisations and it has an unmatched reputation in training aviation mechanics. Since 2015, more than 80 apprentices have participated in AAG’s four-year Aircraft Maintenance Engineering programme.

With high-quality apprenticeships and skills at the centre of many post-pandemic recovery strategies worldwide, AAG is preparing for aviation’s return, offering participants both on-the-job and off-the-job training. The apprenticeship programme underlines AAG’s commitment to grow its workforce and develop best-in-class skillsets that can future-proof its business development in what is a challenging time for the aviation sector.

AAG employs 317 staff and 24 trainees at its Co. Clare headquarters – an increase in staff numbers of almost 100 over the past five years. It offers services in Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul, Aircraft Modifications, Continuous Airworthiness Management and Aviation Training.

Its customers include: DHL, Ryanair, ASL Airlines, Star Air, TUI Group, Jet 2 and major aircraft lessors such as GECAS, Aer Cap, Bank of America, SMBC, BBAM, Seraph, Aergo and Avolon. AAG has steadily grown in recent years. The firm was acquired in April 2015 by Patrick Jordan.

Niamh Burke is an apprentice with AAG and recalls: “I didn’t like the idea of another four years in college with little to no practical experience, so I began looking into apprenticeships. I did a PLC in engineering and then I applied for several apprenticeships, going into the aviation industry when I was accepted by AAG.”

Linda Keane who is also an apprentice at the company had an interest in cars and bikes from a very young age: When I looked into doing this apprenticeship with AAG, I thought it was a fantastic course with great career prospects.” 

Alana O’Brien choose a career in aircraft mechanics due to her love of engineering: “I loved engineering at school, and I wanted a challenge and I felt that aircraft maintenance at AAG would provide that for me.”

Announcing the call for 2021 AAG apprenticeship applications, AAG CEO Shane O’Neill said: “While the industry has faced some challenges due to the pandemic, AAG continues to recruit and train for aviation’s inevitable return and we look forward to welcoming our future 15 candidates. Our continued commitment to our apprenticeship demonstrates our confidence in the future of our industry and in the future careers of the talent that will join our programme.

“I’m proud that we have a diverse workforce in the company including our apprenticeship classes.”

Sharon O’Flaherty, Talent Acquisition Partner said candidates of the programme would graduate fully equipped with the necessary skills to enter a variety of paths in the industry.  “We have seen previous graduates continue their career in aircraft maintenance, along with venturing into CAMO, Part 21 Design, Quality Assurance amongst many other fields.”

Applications for the programme are now open and close on Friday, 7 May 2021. Candidates can apply via the website here>>

Pictured at the Shannon base of Atlantic Aviation Group are apprentices Linda Keane, Niamh Burke and Alana O’Brien. (pic. Eamon Ward)