An historic week at Hybrid Air Vehicles, as we welcome our very first Engineering Apprentices
Joseph Fairey and Jacob Pulley are in the 6th form of Samuel Whitbread Academy in Clifton, Bedfordshire studying BTEC Level 3 Engineering. Both spent some of their childhood in Shortstown, a mere stones-throw (or an Airlander length) from Hangar 1. They are both involved in the ‘Young Engineers Formula 24 Team’ at the school, where they race an electric car, which the team built, at regional and national events. They enjoy spending lots of their spare time carrying out maintenance on the car and like to share their existing knowledge with younger students.
We’re thrilled to have these enthusiastic, committed young men join the Airlander Team. Not only is Airlander a great project to work on, it’s just about the only chance in the world, at present, to develop young engineering talent across all aspects of a large aircraft’s build - typically these days, it’s just wings, or cockpits, or engines that engineers work on. Our Apprentices will combine 3 days of study, with 2 days working at the Hangar. On hearing of his success post interview, Joseph tweeted, “So pumped to start my apprenticeship, it’s going to be such a good start to an amazing career.” He says, “Engineering is a big part of my life. I enjoy finding out how things work and coming up with solutions to problems. The variety that engineering brings, in particular aeronautical engineering, has inspired me to pursue this as a career.”
Jacob adds, “My key ambition is to become an engineer, particularly in the area of aeronautics. I enjoy problem solving, being part of a team, and sharing ideas to work towards a common goal.”
Follow Joseph and Jacob’s progress through our brand new Twitter page @STEMAirlander, which is dedicated to our burgeoning STEM Education Outreach Programme, which we hope will inspire young people into STEM education and careers, and showcase the innovation inherent in Airlander.
The Airlander Team