Another National Skills title for Atlantic Aviation Group

Another National Skills title for Atlantic Aviation Group


Atlantic Aviation Group’s Ben Lucas giving a demonstration to the company management.

Staff at Atlantic Aviation Group are celebrating the news that apprentice Ben Lucas has been named as a joint winner of the IrelandSkills National Competition in Aircraft Maintenance.

Ben’s win continues a remarkable run for the company which has seen their apprentices claim the last four national skills titles and the last two WorldSkills titles on the global stage.

Known as the skills Olympics, the competition has been running for over 60 years attracting the world’s best apprentices to compete on the highest stage. The 3-day competition sees competitors tested on seven areas of aircraft maintenance expertise.

Atlantic Aviation Group CEO Connor Flanagan saluted the win saying: “Ben is a remarkable young man and we are delighted for him on his magnificent achievement. His win adds to the legacy of our apprenticeship which has being providing a world class education to young people for nearly 30 years.”

IrelandSkills National Competition in Aircraft Maintenance joint winner Ben Lucas.

The announcement comes as the company released details that they are now accepting applications for their aircraft maintenance apprenticeship for 2017. The 4-year paid apprenticeship, which is run in conjunction with the Limerick and Clare Education Training Board (LCETB), includes practical on-the-job training at the company hangar as well as off-site theory and workshop based learning.

Employing over 230 staff at its headquarters in Shannon, Atlantic Aviation Group is a leading aviation company, providing maintenance, technical, design and training services to airlines, leasing companies and VIP operators from around the world.

More information about the apprentice programme and details on how to apply is available by clicking here.

Places on the programme are limited and demand is high, so it is recommended that anyone interested should apply as soon as possible. Closing date for receiving applications for the apprentice programme is Friday May 12th.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.