Marshall Aviation Services honours four worthy apprentices and invests in youthful talent.

Thursday 23rd January 2014

  • Marshall Aviation
  • Marshall's Apprentice Award

Marshall Aviation Services, part of the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, today honours four worthy apprentices at an Awards ceremony at the company's Broughton, North Wales facility. Following the completion of a three year Modern Apprentice Programme with the company, Ben Worrall, Rhys Edwards and Andy Thomas (who completed a dual apprenticeship in electrical and airframe) along with Tom Griffith (who completed an airframe apprenticeship) were presented with their certificates by Steve Fitz-Gerald, Chief Executive Officer of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, in recognition of their exceptional achievement and commitment.

The event which was attended by the company's executive management team, 213-strong Broughton workforce, parents and family of the apprentices, their National Vocational Qualifications (NVQ) Assessors and a representative from the Engineering Skills Council Body (SEMTA) underscores the importance the company bestows on its apprenticeship programme.

In congratulating the apprentices Steve Fitz-Gerald said: "Today, we celebrate the excellent record of achievement of our four apprentices. They have excelled themselves and should feel very proud. The company has run an unbroken apprenticeship programme since the 1920's and we recognize the value it brings in providing young people with the skills they need to develop and add value to the workplace. It is vital that we continue to provide opportunities for young people to get on in life."

Over the course of their apprenticeship programme, Ben Worrall, Rhys Edwards and Andy Thomas achieved an NVQ Level 3 in Electrical and Airframe and Tom Griffith achieved a NVQ Level 3 in Airframe. Three of the students additionally achieved the accolade of being commended at the North West Aerospace Alliance Awards Finals in 2011/12.

In further good news, all four apprentices have secured permanent employment with the company at its Broughton facility (Ben, Tom and Andy are currently employed as Airframe Technicians and Rhys is employed as a Quality Assurance Engineer).

Marshall's Broughton facility maintains a regular apprentice intake of up to three students per year from local colleges including Coleg Cambria - the College of North East Wales and was one of the first companies to introduce the Modern Apprentice Programme to the Aerospace Industry in 2003. An opportunity to gain practical experience on the job whilst in paid work, apprenticeships typically cover practical and theoretical engineering knowledge; electrical/mechanical skills; company systems; international regulations and health and safety. An increasing number of apprentices are continuing their academic studies to gain degrees in engineering with many having the potential to become top engineering professionals within the company.

About Marshall Aviation Services:

Marshall Aviation Services ( is responsible for all of Marshall ADG's business and commercial aviation activities, including the management of Cambridge International Airport.   Across its Broughton, Cambridge and Oxford locations it offers solutions including: maintenance, modification, refurbishment and conversion of business aircraft to Hawker, King Air and Cessna Citation aircraft amongst others.  The company also provides aircraft management and charter through FlairJet; sales of new Beechcraft Aircraft across the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia; hangarage at Cambridge International Airport; and within JETability, aircraft brokerage and complementary services tailored to the requirements of business aircraft owners and operators.

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