PRESS RELEASE 3 June 2014
Marcoola based Becker Helicopters Pilot Academy has demonstrated its commitment to help young people get a start in their aviation career by taking on seven school based trainees though Acclaim Apprentices and Trainees.
Operated by Mike and Jan Becker, Becker Helicopters Pilot Academy is recognised both domestically and internationally as an innovative and highly successful aviation business.
Capt. Jan Becker said she and her husband were committed to supporting young local people wanting to establish a career in aviation.
“We know how hard it is to secure any type of work on the Sunshine Coast and aviation is probably one of the most difficult industries to get a foot in the door. It’s a conscious decision by our company to invest in the Sunshine Coast community and we really hope these seven trainees will grab the opportunity with both hands,” Jan said.
Acclaim Apprentices and Trainees General Manager Darren Carlson said he was thrilled that Becker Helicopters Pilot Academy had agreed to take on all seven students who were looking for a new host employer in order to complete their school based traineeships.
“We searched locally as well as across Queensland and nationally to find positions in the aviation industry for these students and we were delighted when Becker Helicopters Pilot Academy agreed to take on all seven students.
“It’s great that they can all stay local and not have their regular schooling or family life affected and still commit to one day a week in order to complete the practical aspects of their training in order to complete their Certificate II in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering,” Mr Carlson said.
Capt. Mike Becker said his company has engaged many young local people for work experience assignments, as well as school-based trainees and apprentices over the past 18 years.
“Our current Senior Licensed Engineer Aidan Hart was taken as a school based apprentice back in 2005-06 and today is one of the engineering division’s key people. We have continued to invest in his career development by sending him to the Robinson manufacturing facility in Los Angeles where he completed a factory course on Robinson helicopters in 2011.
“Over the past 12 months we have hosted many young people under various arrangements including at least 10 students on work experience, three of those who has gone on to undertake aviation cadetships, and three school leavers who were employed through the summer school holidays and have gained employment experience prior to starting university.
“Jan and I, and everyone on the team here at Becker Helicopters Pilot Academy believe that through employing locally, we make a difference to our community. We really want to give these young people an opportunity to shine, to chase their dreams and do what they love, and to explore a fulfilling career here on the Coast while they complete their schooling and remain close to their families,” Mike said.
“Having worked in the aviation industry all my life I know how hard it is when you are starting out to keep the dream alive. I couldn’t just sit back and allow these school-based trainees to lose what they had worked so hard for.” he added.
Becker Helicopters’ Director of Maintenance, Michael Yip will manage the seven students through their program.
“I will give them a broad variety of practical tasks to ensure it is relevant to the theory aspects and will encourage them to always extend upon what they learn here, in whatever their futures hold,” Mr Yip said
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