Aer Lingus has launched its annual Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Apprentice Scheme and is calling on motivated, enthusiastic, and technically minded candidates to apply for the 4-year programme. At the end of the scheme the aim is for apprentices to be fully qualified aircraft engineers and continue to work at Aer Lingus.

Aer Lingus, which has a proud and long history of apprenticeships, is offering 10 placements on the scheme this year. There is a particular emphasis this year in attracting female applicants and building on the number of female apprentices at the airline. Thirty percent of the successful applicants last year were female. Women now make up 48 percent of all employees at Aer Lingus, and the airline has re-iterated its commitment to supporting female talent across the airline.

The Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Apprentice Scheme is a 4-year programme run in conjunction with both SOLAS, based in Shannon, and with Technological University Dublin. It consists of 7 phases and through each phase successful applicants will move between class room training in either of the two facilities and on the job training at the Aer Lingus Maintenance and Engineering Hangar at Dublin Airport. Apprentices will be working primarily on line maintenance and will be focused on delivery of Aer Lingus’ guest experience.

The launch of this year’s scheme comes at a pivotal time for the airline as it continues to progress its ambitious growth strategy. In January it revealed a contemporary, refreshed Aer Lingus brand and the airline has an ambition to become the leading value carrier across the North Atlantic, with new aircraft and new routes. This summer it will launch its new service from Dublin to Minneapolis–Saint Paul. The investment in people, including the Aircraft Maintenance & Engineering Apprentice Scheme, will help underpin this growth strategy.

Aer Lingus Chief Technical Officer (and former Aer Lingus Apprentice), Fergus Wilson said:

“Aer Lingus has a proud history of providing young people with career opportunities. Since we launched the Aircraft Apprentice Scheme in 2011, we have hired 66 apprentices via the programme. This year we are again looking for highly motivated and technically minded candidates to apply for the competitive programme. With our unique brand, world class reputation and modern fleet, Aer Lingus is at the forefront of commercial aviation, giving successful candidates the opportunity to be part of something special.”

Hannah Richardson, Aer Lingus Apprentice said;

“I joined the Aer Lingus Apprentice Scheme in 2017 one of three females out of 10 applicants. I was studying Aviation Technology at the time of the application. If you enjoy working with your hands and technology it is a career path I’d highly recommend for both young females and males, the training both in the class and on the job is a great grounding for a career in engineering.”

The application process consists of submitting a CV application in the first instance. Applicants need to be 18 years of age by 1st September 2019. Successful candidates will have a technical and mechanical aptitude and also display maturity, commitment, flexibility, and a willingness to accept responsibility. Excellent communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills are also essential qualities.

The application process for the 2019 programme is now underway at and will remain open until 01st May.