Dublin Aerospace to hire 29 new apprentices

Aircraft maintenance specialist says it is planning for the long term

More than 2,000 young people expressed interest the Dublin Aerospace apprenticeship scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

More than 2,000 young people expressed interest the Dublin Aerospace apprenticeship scheme. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

 

Aircraft maintenance specialist Dublin Aerospace is hiring 29 new apprentices from next month, the company said on Wednesday.

The Dublin Airport-based business, which employs 350 people, confirmed that it would take on the new workers, who will learn their trade over four years, from October.

Chief executive Conor McCarthy said that more than 2,000 young people expressed interest in the jobs.

Mr McCarthy noted that the apprenticeships would give the successful candidates the opportunity to “earn while they learn”.

The four-year period will include 70 weeks in college, where they will earn a qualification in aircraft engineering.

Mr McCarthy said that many people had asked why the company was hiring in the teeth of the Covid-19 crisis, which has left air travel reeling.

“There’s a very simple reason for that, it’s a four-year programme,” he said, adding that Dublin Aerospace was planning for the long-term when it decided to hire the new workers.

Tánaiste Leo Vardkar welcomed the news on Wednesday. “It’s a huge vote of confidence in the sector,” he said.