Virgin Atlantic graduates engineer their way to the top

Virgin Atlantic has this week celebrated the graduation of its latest engineering apprentices, in a ceremony which marked the successful completion of the three year scheme.

Hosted at the airline’s state of the art training facility, the 12 graduates were joined by family, friends and leaders from the airline’s engineering community. Event host Selvin Smith, Engineering Development Programmes Officer at Virgin Atlantic, was full of praise for the latest graduates: “I feel extremely proud of our apprentices and their achievements over these three years,” he said. “This latest group demonstrates our continued commitment to our engineering future and supporting its capabilities.”

Phil Maher, Director of Aircraft Operations, was also buoyant about the new batch. He said: “Virgin Atlantic has an exciting future ahead, particularly with the delivery of the 787 approaching. We will need a highly skilled team to support us and these individuals are a big part of our future.”

The three year programme covers a wide variety of topics such as aviation legislation, maintenance practices & aircraft aerodynamics. Practical elements of the job are split between Heathrow and Gatwick Airport, with the engineers based on either the engineering line or the Virgin Atlantic hangars.