The Aer Lingus maintenance and engineering apprenticeship scheme

Aer Lingus has a proud and long history of providing young people with career opportunities and continues to be the leading provider of airline apprenticeships in the country. 

Over the last number of years, as the airline realises its ambitious growth strategy to become the leading value carrier on the North Atlantic, opportunities for those applying for its apprenticeship scheme have increased significantly.  

Four-year programme

The Apprenticeship Scheme is a four-year programme run with Shannon Aviation Maintenance School, in conjunction with SOLAS and with Dublin Institute of Technology. The programme consists of seven phases and through each phase successful applicants will move between class room training and on-the-job training with Aer Lingus Maintenance and Engineering at Dublin Airport. 

The airline is committed to supporting greater diversity – 30% of the class of 2018 are female – and female applicants are being encouraged as Aer Lingus is keen to continue to increase its intake of female apprentices. 

The apprentice scheme comes at a significant time of growth for the company with continued expansion on transatlantic routes, the introduction of new A321-NEO LR in 2019 and 2020 with LEAP engines. 

The application process will consist of a CV application. Applicants require a minimum level of Leaving Certificate or equivalent as well as able to demonstrate an interest in mechanics, electronics or mechatronics. 

Future career with Aer Lingus

Prospective Aer Lingus apprentices will need to be motivated and enthusiastic, have very good communication skills and work well in teams. 

Applicants should be dedicated to the programme and to a future career with Aer Lingus as the intent is they will continue to work at Aer Lingus as fully-qualified aircraft engineers upon completion of the programme. 

Indeed the airline’s current Chief Technical Officer and the Director of Maintenance both started their careers at Aer Lingus as apprentices.  

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