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Ben aims high to become a top helicopter engineer

Ben Shirron, from Ellon, is among a group of apprentices in North Sea firm  CHC Helicopter's scheme to develop top engineers over the next few years.

Ben Shirron, from Ellon, is among a group of apprentices in North Sea firm CHC Helicopter's scheme to develop top engineers over the next few years.

A young Ellon man is a step closer to fulfilling his ambition of becoming a helicopter engineer.

Ben Shirron, 20, is among the first group of apprentices in CHC Helicopter’s scheme to develop 35 top engineers over the next few years.

They have been introduced to CHC UK’s North Sea operations, including hands-on experience working under the guidance of the firm’s leading aircraft engineers.

The company launched the scheme last September and attracted more than 400 applicants.

The apprentices have completed eight months’ study with Resource Group Aviation Technical Training Solutions in Cirencester.

Ben said: “Now I’m through the first stage, I’m excited that I can begin to learn from CHC’s maintenance team, understand how maintenance is managed in a major helicopter operation, and learn more about the oil and gas industry of which CHC is a part.

“I’ve always dreamt of being a helicopter engineer, so to be a step closer to completing my course while working for such a prestigious helicopter operator is extremely satisfying.”

Mark Abbey, CHC regional director for West North Sea, said the scheme is expected to attract and develop some of the world’s best helicopter engineers.

From June, the group begins 18 months of on-the-job training in Aberdeen, North Denes in Great Yarmouth and Den Helder in the Netherlands.

 

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