Engineering apprentices work on world-famous aircraft

Apprentices who study at Hartlepool College of Further Education are pictured on a visit to RAF Linton on Ouse
Apprentices who study at Hartlepool College of Further Education are pictured on a visit to RAF Linton on Ouse

ENGINEERING apprentices were given a warm welcome when they visited an airport to work on some of the world’s most famous aircraft.

The eight learners, who have all trained at Hartlepool College, began their apprenticeships with engineering giants Babcock this month. They will learn about servicing and maintaining aircraft.

The students are all hoping to complete an advanced apprenticeship in aeronautical engineering, and have been offered 24-month apprenticeships with Babcock.

They have already completed two years of advanced technical training at Hartlepool College, including regular work experience with Babcock.

Babcock operations director Nick Earl said the apprentices would get “fantastic on-the-job training and be able to immerse themselves in the culture of our business and that of our customer, the RAF”.

Group Captain David Cooper, who is the station commander at RAF Linton on Ouse, said: “The apprentices will learn everything from turn-arounds, which is the servicing and refuelling of the aircraft to, Depth maintenance, which is basically stripping down and rebuilding an aircraft.”

Hartlepool college principal Darren Hankey said: “We have some exceptional engineering students with strong work ethics, tenacity and the ability to achieve great things.”