Bombardier’s New Apprenticeship Program at London Biggin Hill

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(16 May 2021)
Sixteen men and women are taking part in Bombardier’s
new 36-month apprenticeship program at
its London Biggin Hill Service Centre.

combination of virtual classroom and onsite training provides
the aircraft maintenance apprentices with an agile, in-depth learning environment to
achieve their critical EASA part 66 modules (B Licence)
Certification as well as a Level 4 City & Guilds Diploma in
Aerospace and Aviation.

The London Biggin Hill Service Centre
apprenticeship program is a collaboration between Bombardier and
Seetec, an experienced provider of training and apprenticeships.
It is supported by KLM UK Engineering Ltd and the Department for

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Upon completion of the program, graduates have an
opportunity to earn full-time positions as maintenance technicians
at the London Biggin Hill Service Centre.

“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,” said Jean-Christophe
Gallagher, Executive Vice President, Services and Support, and
Corporate Strategy, Bombardier. “Our world-class London Biggin
Hill facility offers these students the best on-the-job training
possible in a technologically advanced workplace environment –
with the possibility for full-time employment at the facility upon

Bombardier has worked closely with Seetec, an
employee-owned business group based in the UK and Ireland, to
develop its apprenticeship program.

Seetec Outsource is a business
division within the group that provides apprenticeships, adult
education and wider skills opportunities. It achieves this by
providing essential training and support to learners, so that they
are armed with the skills to further their career ambitions.

“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 program,” said Neil
Bates, Managing Director of Seetec Outsource. “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.”

KLM UK Engineering team is also playing an
important role, providing the “B” Licence certificate training
portion of the program via an online learning environment.

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,” said Chris Tubby, Sales Manager
Technical Training KLM UK Engineering Ltd. “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, part of the
Air France industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance network, has a
40-year history of developing apprentices for its own heavy
maintenance facility in Norwich maintaining Embraer 170/190 and
Boeing 737 family aircrafts and is proud to continue to support
the next generation of engineers entering the aviation sector.”

Established in 2017, Bombardier’s London Biggin
Hill service centre offers heavy maintenance
capabilities on Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft. The site
is fully equipped to perform scheduled and unscheduled
maintenance, modifications and avionics installations, as well as
paint repair services.

The centre is currently in the midst of a
significant expansion to be completed by 2022 adding enhanced
maintenance capabilities to service up to 25 aircraft – including
Global 7500 aircraft.

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