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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Bristow Helicopters Apprentices Complete Initial Training

Source: Bristow Helicopters

Bristow Helicopters has confirmed that its latest intake of 22 engineering apprentices have successfully completed their initial eight months of training at the LRTT College in Gloucester. The students were selected from a field of more than 1,300 applicants last spring after an assessment process in Aberdeen.

The apprentices, all from the UK, will receive positions in one of three areas of Bristow Helicopters: oil and gas operations, UK Search and Rescue (SAR) service or Bristow’s Design and Production Center in Redhill, Surrey.

Bristow was awarded the UK SAR contract by the Department for Transport, and will deliver SAR helicopter service on behalf of The Maritime & Coastguard Agency from ten bases across the UK, beginning April 2015. One SAR apprentice will go on to work at each of the ten SAR bases.

The initial eight-month training program comprised classroom lessons and practical workshops designed to equip apprentices with the skills needed for their new careers. The course was jointly designed with Bristow and LRTT to meet the Modern Apprenticeship requirements, as well as the specific requirements of the aviation industry and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

By the time they have completed their four-year Modern Apprenticeship course in September 2017, they will have experienced a variety of tasks in multiple Bristow UK bases and will have become valued assets in the Bristow maintenance team of the future. Initially, apprentices become Part-66 A3 licensed mechanics and many will proceed on to higher qualifications like Part-66 B1.3 and B2.

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