Atlantic Aviation Group to take on apprentices

In preparation for aviation’s return, Shannon-based Atlantic Aviation Group is hiring ambitious apprenticeships.

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.

“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”

Since 2015, more than 80 apprentices have participated in AAG’s four-year Aircraft Maintenance Engineering programme.

Up, up and away

Young women apprentices at Atlantic Aviation Group.

Young women apprentices at Atlantic Aviation Group. Image: Eamon Ward

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.

“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,” said AAG CEO Shane O’Neill.

“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.”

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.

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.

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. 

She added: “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.”

Main image: AAG CEO Shane O’Neill with apprentices in Shannon. Image: Eamon Ward

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 13 April 2021