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New maintenance head brings diverse experience to 2Excel Engineering

2Excel Engineering recently welcomed our new Chief Operating Officer and Head of Maintenance Matt Caswell to the company. He joined us from AirTanker, the company which operates the Voyager tankers based at RAF Brize Norton.

Matt’s an excellent hire for 2EE, with demonstrable senior management and Form 4 holder experience, gained from both the airlines and Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul organisations. Matt is a time-served apprentice and EASA B1 and C Rated engineer, with experience covering Boeing and Airbus fleets.

Having held Management positions within British Airways and bmi British Midland, in addition to his engineering knowledge, he brings with him the experience and skillset needed to lead 2Excel Engineering’s continued growth and success.

We sat down with Matt to find out more about his career and aspirations:

Tell us about yourself. How and why did you get into aviation?

‘My interest in aviation started at a young age. My Grandfather was a flight engineer, my father has been in the aviation sector his entire working life and my uncle is also a Licenced Engineer. You could say that it runs in the family.’

What were you doing prior to joining 2Excel? And what did you enjoy most about the job?

‘Prior to joining 2Excel I worked for AirTanker as the Base Maintenance Manager. AirTanker is a diverse organisation that embraces the Civil and Military side of aviation. The role was challenging due to the complexity of the Voyager Aircraft that they operate, this made it an exciting challenge which was wholly rewarding and provided an excellent experience in the Civil/Military sector.’

What’s the best thing about your new role? What are you most looking forward to?

‘In my new role one of the best things to make note of is the collaboration between the entire team at Lasham, business units work hand-in-hand to achieve the Customer’s expectations and even now whilst faced with a global pandemic they continue to do so. The thing that I am most looking forward to in my new role is forging a path in the evolving market, reaffirming the 2Excel brand and ultimately seeing 2Excel Engineering prosper in the future.’

What do you think sets 2Excel apart within a highly-competitive MRO market?

‘One of the key observations that I have made since taking up post is that 2Excel Engineering do difficult tasks and they do them well! Put quite simply the scope of work that is achieved is commendable. They approach work what some organisations may well shy away from in a safe, compliant and efficient way. The workforce at 2Excel Engineering is its unique selling point. It reiterates the proud history that surrounds Lasham as an MRO and is a shining example of how our highly-skilled workers are playing a part in the local economy.’

What’s your take on the challenging situation the whole aviation sector is facing post-Coronavirus?

With the future of Aviation looking uncertain in many aspects, it is key that we position ourselves as a business to adapt to this. One of the many sectors within Aviation that has prospered through these hard times has been Air Cargo, this is an avenue that I am very keen to engage with and will form part of our business strategy going forward. It is key that we continue to invest in our people, grow new talent through our already well-established apprenticeship programmes and adapt to the change in the market once flying recommences. 2Excel Engineering will continue to modernise and explore new ways of working to ensure we can offer our customers the best possible independent MRO solution for years to come.’

Tell us something about your life outside work.

‘Outside of work I coach children between the ages of 4-16 years old to ride motocross bikes for one of the only all children motorcycle display team called The Rockets. Both of my children ride for the display team and this sees us travel the length of the country performing at shows throughout the summer.’

About 2Excel Engineering

2Excel Engineering (2EE) is a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul business based at Lasham Airfield in Hampshire. 2Excel Engineering delivers service-oriented narrow body Boeing and Airbus Maintenance to Operators and Owners, Leasing Companies and Governments. To find out more, please visit: www.2excelengineering.com/ 2EE is part of the 2Excel Group which also encompasses 2Excel Aviation, an innovative aviation services business, working across a range of industries including defence and security, engineering, events and disaster response


Response to Covid-19

(Updated 18 March 2020)

2Excel continues to closely monitor official sources about the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and we want to ensure all our staff, customers and other stakeholders are kept informed about the actions we have taken so far.

Dealing with the effects of Coronavirus is our number one priority. Our Senior Leadership Teams are developing and implementing actions that will mitigate the challenges to our business from the spread of the virus. Our ethos is built on agility, strength and courage and we are proactively managing our risks.

Firstly, we have re-assessed our policies and we believe they are all clear and fit for purpose, including in the light of Covid-19. As the situation evolves, we will update those policies as necessary, in line with UK Government advice.

At the start of the crisis, we stood up a Pandemic Management Team – which is in constant contact and includes our operational managers – to make appropriate business and risk management decisions. This ensures we have the very latest information and advice provided by the UK Government, including the NHS and Public Health England.

In this fast-changing situation there are multiple sources of guidance, but we are basing our decisions solely on the official UK Government advice. Our Pandemic Management Team are reacting rapidly, providing regular updates to all our staff as soon as practically possible.

We communicate directly with our staff via email and, where appropriate, additional information is passed down the existing management chains. Printed hard copies are made available in crew rooms, tea rooms etc.

Health Advice
We have already posted advice notices provided by the UK Government around all our sites with the official NHS recommendations on cleanliness, including hand washing. And we are reminding staff that that anyone suffering from the most common Coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature – however mild – should immediately self-isolate themselves for seven days. This will protect others in the community against infection.

Since UK Government advice was updated on 16 March 2020 for everyone in the UK to ‘stop non-essential contact with others’ and ‘stop all unnecessary travel’, only essential personnel are working at our premises. Those that can work from home are now doing so, with all non-essential visits to our sites cancelled. Where possible, we are looking to conduct business via virtual meetings or conference calls to reduce the risk of spreading infection.

So that we can continue with normal business as best we possibly can and to take care of our people, many of whom are unable to work from home due to the nature of their roles, we have increased cleaning of our sites and are providing anti-bacterial hand gels and other materials.

Together we will get through this incredibly challenging period and we thank all our staff, customers and suppliers for their patience, hard work and understanding at this time.

ENDS


NCW: The very start of a career in aviation

Just before Christmas 2015, 2Excel Aviation bought the business of ATC Lasham – an MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul company) that had very recently gone into administration. With this came a host of challenges, including a depleted labour force, but most importantly a struggling reputation.

In the past four years, ATC Lasham, now known as 2Excel Engineering (2EE), has had significant boosts to the business, customer relationships are far improved, and staff morale has seen a definite increase. We invested in the 43 staff that remained when it took over, with pay rises, funding for training and investment in the site’s facilities. And, we recognised the importance of investing in people because, in return, they invest themselves into the company.

As a result, we are proud to be supporting an apprenticeship scheme for a third year. Around 10 apprentices join us each year for the three-year programme, learning the ropes of being an aeronautical engineer, living and breathing the heritage and expertise of the site and its people.

This is how is how we do it…

To select our apprentices, we operate a feeder programme in the form of a series of week-long work placements for local colleges and organisations that offer Aeronautical Engineering (or similar) in their syllabus. This week we caught up with Josh and Kim, who are both completing their Level 3 Aeronautical Engineering course at Fareham, and Farnborough college.

Josh said: “I was encouraged to apply to the 2Excel apprenticeship scheme rather than the big airlines from a mentor, because at 2EE you get chucked in straight away, and because of the variation in the apprenticeship scheme.

“I’ve always had a passion for engineering, which stemmed from my dad’s love of steam-locomotives, and at the age of 12 I flew a flight simulator at Farnborough – and that’s what inspired me to work with planes.

“I’m really enjoying the work experience week at 2EE because I’m getting to experience so much that we don’t get taught in the classroom. I’m currently working on a Boeing 737, swapping components from an old engine to the new one, working with the ‘sparkies’. I’ve liked this area so much that I’m now thinking about specialising in engines.”

Kim spoke about her aspirations: “I’m looking to secure an apprenticeship place for September with 2EE so I was really keen to have a work experience week here.

“My love of aviation came from going to Bournemouth airshow with my family when I was younger, but it wasn’t until I got my first car that I realised I was interested in the engineering side of things.

“I’ve loved the hands-on aspect at 2EE because I’ve been given responsibility and trust from the start of the week. It’s been awesome learning as much as I can and having a different mentor each day means I get to see all the varied work.”

Josh and Kim will find out in April if they have been successful in attaining a place on the 2EE’s Apprenticeship Scheme for 2020, where they could take the next steps to becoming fully-fledged Aeronautical Engineers.

#apprentice #NAW2020


2Excel Engineering celebrates its 17 apprentices

In 2017, 2Excel Engineering, the independent partner of choice for Boeing and Airbus aircraft maintenance and repair in the UK and Europe, launched an apprenticeship scheme.

Today, in recognition of National Apprenticeship Week, 2Excel Engineering celebrates its 17 apprentices who are working hard to learn about the craftmanship of aircraft engineering and the company that mentors them. The company is continually investing in its future in many ways, and its apprenticeship scheme is one part of the organisation which is growing year-on-year.

Over a five-week period starting the 10th February, 2Excel Engineering will welcome 22 male and female students to Lasham Airfield for work experience. A number of these students will then return in September to start their apprenticeships with 2Excel Engineering.

2Excel’s Group HR Director, Louise Campbell said: ‘‘We are proud to support such a worthy and rewarding scheme, in conjunction with CEMAST at Fareham College. Our scheme provides an invaluable opportunity for young people to practice their knowledge on the job. We are also proud the pay our apprentices above the minimum wage. With exemplary support from a team of mentors at 2Excel Engineering, we’ve found this scheme to be very popular among our apprentices and workforce. In September, we look forward to welcoming this year’s new apprentices and the graduation of our first cohort of apprentices, whom we hope will continue their careers with 2Excel.’’

About 2Excel Engineering

2Excel Engineering (2EE) is a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul business based at Lasham Airfield in Hampshire. 2Excel Engineering delivers service-oriented narrow body Boeing and Airbus Maintenance to Operators and Owners, Leasing Companies and Governments. To find out more, please visit: www.2excelengineering.com/ 2EE is part of the 2Excel Group which also encompasses 2Excel Aviation, an innovative aviation services business, working across a range of industries including defence and security, engineering, events and disaster response

#apprentice #NAW2020


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