Successful Work Experience Week at British Airways
Published: 10 February 2017
Aeronautical Engineering Level 3 student Billy McBlane made a positive impression at his work experience interview and was subsequently offered a five-day placement with the Gatwick Hangar 6 Programme with British Airways.
Billy was able to experience working within the Avionic Maintenance and Aircraft Maintenance teams over the week, getting involved with projects. It was a great opportunity to observe the maintenance and repair of an aircraft’s electronic and computer systems as well as all aspects of aircraft maintenance including changing an aircraft’s tyres – not a small task!
Billy said of his week at Gatwick: “I enjoyed all aspects of my work experience. This is definitely the career I want to go into.”
Melissa Kose, BA Work Experience Programme Lead commented:
“Billy had an amazing opportunity to spend the week in our engineering hangar in Gatwick Airport. He got stuck in with our operation and had a valuable insight into the world of work. At British Airways, team work, communication and customer focus are key, and Billy had exposure to developing all of these skills.”
Following his successful week at British Airways, Billy plans to apply for an Apprenticeship in Aircraft Maintenance with the company.
Kam Dehal, Director of Business Development at East Surrey College said:
“Work experience is a fundamental part of the study programmes at East Surrey College. It provides students with the opportunity to experience the world of work and get a taste for their chosen industry, providing them with invaluable experience when progressing on to work or University.”
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