Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL), the engineering division of Monarch, has launched its aeronautical engineering apprenticeship scheme for summer 2017.

The four year scheme, which originally began in 1971, has already produced over 760 high calibre engineers and this year the intake increases from 18 to 22.

The available positions will be across MAEL's aircraft maintenance facilities at London Luton, Birmingham and Gatwick airports and will also include positions at its component maintenance centre. Luton has six positions available, Birmingham 10, Gatwick four and component maintenance centre two.

Chris Dare, managing director at Monarch Aircraft Engineering, said: "I am delighted to announce this year's apprenticeship scheme. The increase in places for 2017 reinforces our commitment to introducing future engineers into our skilled workforce.

"Apprenticeships have been the foundation for many a successful career in the workplace. We share this view and belive in the importance in promoting apprenticeships and engineering in the UK."