Lasham Airfield, Hampshire – 2Excel Engineering is investing in the future of the UK’s vital aviation and aerospace industry by offering its final-year graduates ongoing employment, giving them the opportunity to continue their careers with the business.
The Alton-based Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) engineering company, which is part of aviation group, 2Excel, welcomed the apprentices in 2017 when the scheme was launched. With support from Fareham College, a total of 17 apprentices are going through the training scheme, with four apprentices graduating this week.
Employment at the end of the Apprenticeship Scheme was not guaranteed, but Cameron Aldridge, Callum Jeffery, Bradley Hamilton and Max Wood are graduating with offers of an ‘Improver Aircraft Mechanic’ role, giving them the opportunity to remain employed by 2Excel Engineering and apply for Aircraft Mechanic vacancies when these become available.
2Excel Engineering’s CEO, Chris Norton OBE DFC, said: ‘‘It’s with great pleasure that 2Excel Engineering (2EE) has been able to offer employment contracts to all of our Year 3 apprentices. All four of them have worked very hard during their training over the past three years and, even as apprentices, they’ve had a hugely positive impact on our business.
‘‘With 2EE’s six aircraft bays and numerous specialist back shops, we’ve been able to give them very varied, hands-on, practical experience. They’ve had insight into all aspects of aircraft engineering, from small commuter class aircraft to a wide range of narrow body airliner repairs such as avionics installation and interiors refurbishment as well as the supporting departments of a busy MRO.”
‘‘The 2EE Apprenticeship Scheme is crucial to the to the long-term resilience of the Company and we’re pleased to announce we’re able to continue with it, despite having to deal with such a turbulent year across the entire aviation industry. We have a particularly talented team here at Lasham and, I believe it’s incredibly important to practically support the STEM subjects for our youth. On behalf the whole 2EE family, I wish our graduates the best of luck in their careers with us. They all have a bright future ahead of them.’’
Callum Jeffery was presented with an additional accolade by members of the 2Excel Leadership Team, winning the ‘Lasham Blade’ Trophy, for his above-and-beyond commitment to his apprenticeship and to supporting the Company.
Apprentice, Callum Jeffery, said: ‘‘I’ve always enjoyed learning about engineering and how things work and with my passion for aviation, I knew that aircraft maintenance was the career path for me.
‘’I’ve undertaken lots of different tasks during my apprenticeship but I particularly liked structural repairs. These tasks are so varied and unique, which has helped me gain a better understanding of aircraft structures. In time, I’d like to progress to lead mechanic within the company and look to gain my B1 licence.”
‘‘I have really enjoyed my time at 2Excel Engineering. I have worked with a great team of people who have supported me through my apprenticeship. 2Excel Engineering has dedicated a lot of time and commitment to me to help me gain valuable skills, knowledge, and confidence to become an Aircraft Engineer.’’
Building on a respected legacy of 60 years, 2Excel Engineering acquired the MRO business out of administration in late 2015. With a rich heritage to build on, 2Excel Engineering has gone from strength-to-strength growing by 500% in 5 years. The year after the acquisition, the team looked to Fareham College to support the running of a new apprenticeship scheme, which will continue to run, with further apprentices due to graduate in autumn 2021 and autumn 2022.
Louise Holland of Fareham College said: “Fareham College’s Business Plus Team is delighted to continue to work with 2Excel. Delivering training to this group of apprentices has been an honour. The apprentices have attended CEMAST and worked with our Professional Coaches in their workplace to achieve their full Apprenticeship programme. During lockdown, successful remote delivery ensured achievement and that their Graduation was possible. With the next two groups underway, we look forward to celebrating future Graduations.”