Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) has taken on eight apprentices in the largest single intake to the company’s trades workforce, taking apprentice numbers across all of Boeing Australia to 44.
The apprentices, who have graduated from Aviation Australia’s (AA) 80-day Certificate II in Aircraft Line Maintenance, will join BDA’s F/A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler maintenance program at RAAF Base Amberley.
“As the sustainment provider for the most Australian Defence Force (ADF) platforms, we’re building a stronger sovereign trades workforce to support fleet upgrades, increased fleet sizes, and the introduction of the Apache,” said Mike Prior, BDA’s director of Product Support, Training & Maintenance.
“Through this investment in apprentices and our long-standing partnership with AA, we’ll have the right people with the right qualifications ready to ensure mission readiness for the ADF.”
Graduate Daniel Gaskin spent 12 years in automotive mechanics before being accepted into the apprentice program.
“This opportunity has allowed me to meld my mechanical background with a genuine interest in aircraft mechanics and engineering,” Gaskin said.
“I’m immensely proud to now be part of Boeing and excited to work on fighter jets for a global aircraft manufacturer.”