Six mechanical engineers have graduated following a 4-year modern apprenticeship with regional airline Loganair and will now become full time members of staff.

The Loganair Modern Apprentice programme on Aircraft Maintenance (SCQF Level 6) is a 4-year structured programme which allows apprentices to receive a salary while studying and undertaking on-the-job training. On competition, each apprentice obtains a UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Part 66 aircraft maintenance licence.

Loganair engineers provide a range of quality maintenance services to support the airline’s fleet, which sees 42 aircraft operate across 70 routes. This means trainees develop experience with smaller planes, including a DHC6 Twin Otter, and BN2 Islander as well as mid-size and larger aircraft, including ATR 42s and 72s, Saab 340s and Embraer 135s and 145s.

Aside from the technical skills gained, Loganair’s modern apprentices also build on their core skill competencies with oversight from the training department and local workplace mentors. Valuable transferable skills such as a practical understanding of health and safety, time management, and career development paths also supplement the vocational and academic elements of the programme.

A special ceremony was held at Loganair HQ Glasgow for the eight graduates. Among the latest graduates is Matthew O’Donnell, from Glasgow, who is thought to be the first in Scotland to complete the new modern apprenticeship pathway at Loganair, Pathway F. Among O’Donnell are Aaron Shepherd, Greg Laird and Scott Greenhorn also from Glasgow, and Ross Irvine and Andrew Howden both from Aberdeen.

“Looking ahead, we’ll soon be welcoming applications for the spring 2023 intake of eight new modern apprentices – which will be our biggest-ever in one year,” said Gordon Keary, Head of engineering training at Loganair.