Thomas Cook Airlines’ Chief Executive, Christoph Debus, has congratulated 10 apprentices on completing their first year of engineering and business administration studies at a spectacular hog roast in the airline’s maintenance hangar at Manchester Airport.
500 hundred employees and senior leaders from Thomas Cook Airlines attended the celebration what is the biggest hangar outside London. Meanwhile, 10 new apprentices are being sought in aircraft engineering and business administration to start in September 2015.
Christoph Debus said: “Apprentices are the future of any business. We have become the largest long-haul carrier at Manchester Airport and see the growth of our premium long haul services as a key part of the growth of the north west, connecting seat-only customers with key leisure destinations in the USA. We cannot achieve this future without investing in it now and building part of our foundation for the future is what we’re celebrating today.”
Transport Minister, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, said: “Apprenticeships like this create invaluable job opportunities in our aviation industry for young people. Our long-term economic plan will create three million apprentices across the UK offering skilled jobs and fulfilling careers. As the Transport Minister driving this agenda, I want to see companies across the transport industries enjoy the significant benefits from employing apprentices.”
David Jones, Principle and Chief Executive of Coleg Cambria, said: “We are delighted to work in partnership with Thomas Cook Airlines to develop this new apprenticeship programme. At Coleg Cambria we are fully committed to work with employers to provide opportunities for young people as well as challenging them to develop the expertise they need to build successful futures.”
Thomas Cook Airlines, in collaboration with Coleg Cambria, North Wales, offers ambitious individuals the opportunity of an apprenticeship in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, a three-year intensive training to achieve national and European qualifications.
This programme also provides a three-year Business Administration Apprenticeship programme including NVQ level 2 qualification in conjunctions with Skills Solutions and a full training plan at the Thomas Cook Airlines Manchester head office.