Hartlepool students are flying high with Babcock International

Representatives of Hartlepool College and Babcock at the presentation day
Representatives of Hartlepool College and Babcock at the presentation day

Five students can spread their wings and work on some of the world’s most famous training aircraft.

Candidates from the aeronautical engineering course at Hartlepool College of Further Education will be working with Babcock International which provides maintenance support for the training aircraft fleet of the Royal Air Force.

These people are coming into the team and working on aeroplanes, it’s a responsibility but we have found the students we get from Hartlepool carry themselves in the highest possible way.

The link-up is a continuation of a project between the college and Babcock. Thirty students attended a presentation led by Babcock’s Engineering Director Jon Russell.

Then, they asked questions and put themselves forward for interview in what is seen as the first stage of the recruitment process.

The five who impress the most will be put through a rigorous selection process to make sure they are suitable for the roles.

Mr Russell said: “We are delighted with the relationship we have with Hartlepool College, and this is our preferred provider when it comes to recruiting young workers.”

Aerospace engineering students are a common sight at RAF Leeming, working with Babcock staff on the maintenance and operations of BAE Hawk fast jets flown by 100 Squadron RAF.

Students also visit RAF Linton-On-Ouse, working on the Shorts Tucanos of the RAF’s No 1 Flight Training School.

Darren Hankey, principal at Hartlepool College of Further Education, said: “We have an excellent working relationship with Babcock, and long may that continue.”