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Aer Lingus has launched its 2023 Aircraft Engineer Apprentice Programme, offering 15 places.

Successful applicants who complete the programme will be fully qualified aircraft engineers and will have the opportunity to forge their career at Aer Lingus, working at part of the Maintenance and Engineering team. This forward-looking programme helps ensure Aer Lingus has access to a pipeline of talented and qualified engineers for future growth.

Aer Lingus has supported the careers of 140 aircraft engineers who worked with the airline having graduated from the apprenticeship. Earlier this year, Aer Lingus celebrated the graduation of 27 newly qualified aircraft engineers who successfully completed the apprenticeship. All 27 graduates were hired by the airline and have joined its Maintenance and Engineering team servicing the airline’s fleet of Airbus aircraft, including the next-generation Airbus A321neo and A320neo, which are Aer Lingus’ newest and most sustainable aircraft.

The four-year programme, run in conjunction with both SOLAS, the State further education and training agency, based in Shannon, and Technological University Dublin, provides an opportunity for budding engineers to gain hands-on experience while becoming fully qualified Aircraft Engineers.

Commencing in September 2023, the programme is a combination of classroom learning and practical experience, with a focus online-maintenance and the delivery of Aer Lingus’ customer experience.

Aer Lingus chief technical officer, Javier Jimenez, said: ” The Aer Lingus 2023 Aircraft Engineer Apprentice Programme provides an excellent opportunity for aspiring aircraft engineers to gain practical experience and become fully qualified aircraft engineers.

“Safety is at heart of everything we do in Aer Lingus and our engineers play an immensely important role in delivering a smooth operation for the airline.


“Aer Lingus has a proud history of providing opportunities to people starting out on their careers. Our apprenticeship enables us encourage and develop raw talent that is crucial to evolving our Maintenance and Engineering team. With only 15 places available, we encourage anyone interested to apply as early as possible.”

Successful applicants will need to demonstrate strong technical and mechanical skills, enthusiasm, determination, and a willingness to commit to the programme’s four-year duration. They must also have excellent communication skills and the ability to work on their initiative while contributing effectively as part of a team. Candidates can apply online now via the Aer Lingus website until 12 May 2023, by submitting a CV application, and if they meet the essential criteria, they will be invited to complete an online assessment and interview. Applicants must be at least 18 years old by 1st September 2023.

The application process for the 2023 Programme is now underway at and will remain open until 12 May 2023.

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