Gillian Keegan MP, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, with Bombardier aircraft engineering apprentice during her recent visit to the Biggin Hill Service Centre.

Seetec Outsource is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Bombardier, a global leader in aviation and world-leading manufacturer of business jets, to deliver its new aircraft maintenance apprenticeship programme.

Based at Bombardier’s Biggin Hill Service Centre, sixteen men and women make up the 36-month programme’s first apprentice cohort. They are working towards achieving a level 4 City & Guilds Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation, as well as their critical EASA part 66 modules (B Licence) certification, which is delivered by KLM UK Engineering Ltd.

Upon completion of the programme, apprentices earn full-time positions as aircraft maintenance technicians at the facility, which is currently undergoing significant expansion. This will enable Bombardier to add enhanced maintenance capabilities to service up to 25 aircraft.

The programme is an example of how Bombardier is working closely with various communities worldwide to build a strong pipeline of aerospace talent. Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Executive Vice President, Services and Support, and Corporate Strategy at Bombardier explained:

“Indispensable apprenticeship programs provide qualified students with an important pathway to an exciting aerospace career – a powerful gateway to exciting, new opportunities. It’s an honour to provide future generations of aircraft technicians with essential training for the next steps in their aircraft maintenance careers. Our world-class Biggin Hill facility offers these students the best on-the-job training possible in a technologically advanced workplace environment – and full-time employment at the facility upon graduation.”

Gillian Keegan MP, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, met with Bombardier’s trainee aircraft technicians during her recent visit to the Biggin Hill Service Centre to find out about the programme and tour the facility. She said:

“Apprenticeships play a vital role in helping to rebuild our economy by enhancing workforces, boosting skills and developing talent for the future, as we focus on our recovery from the pandemic and continue to build back better. It is great to see Bombardier’s continued investment in apprenticeships and its commitment to giving people the chance to train and launch fantastic careers. Bombardier’s innovative new programme presents a brilliant opportunity for first-class training and superb future job prospects. I wish all of those involved the best of luck for their journeys ahead.”

Seetec Outsource has worked closely with Bombardier and KLM Engineering UK Ltd to develop the apprenticeship programme during what has been a particularly difficult time for the aviation industry, and its recent launch offers fresh hope for the future. Neil Bates, Managing Director of Seetec Outsource, said:

“Seetec is delighted to be working with Bombardier with the support of KLM UK Engineering Ltd to move forward with this new aircraft maintenance apprenticeship programme. By focusing on a skills-led recovery that develops talented apprentices to become part of the aviation industry’s skilled workforce of the future, more progress can be made to help the sector rebound after navigating a challenging operating environment during the pandemic. The Skills Minister’s visit to Biggin Hill also draws an important focus on the aviation industry’s recovery and the need to invest in science, technology, engineering and maths skills to boost the country’s competitiveness in a post-COVID world.”

The KLM UK Engineering team is also playing a critical role, providing the “B” Licence certificate training portion of the programme via an online learning environment. Chris Tubby, Sales Manager Technical Training KLM UK Engineering Ltd said:

“KLM UK Engineering Ltd is delighted to be able to support Bombardier and Seetec apprentices in studying to gain their B licence certification, via our online virtual learning environment (VLE) and instructor led sessions. Our VLE allows the apprentices to study anytime, anywhere, while benefiting from the experience of our qualified instructors. We currently support over 1,000 students around the world who are studying on our VLE, with exam centres in Malaysia, Dubai and China to help support them to start their engineering career. KLM UK Engineering has a 40-year history of developing apprentices for its own heavy maintenance facility in Norwich maintaining Embraer 170/190 and B737 family aircrafts and is proud to continue to support the next generation of engineers entering the aviation sector.”

For more information about the level 4 Aircraft Certifying Technician apprenticeship please visit our dedicated programme page.