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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Young people praise The Aviation People’s training programme

Future high-flyers of the aviation industry are urging others to get involved with the TAP training programme that gave them their start in the sector. The Aviation People (TAP) is helping to future-proof the industry by providing unemployed young people with training and opportunities for apprenticeships and full-time employment. Participants in TAP’s two-week pre-employment course receive a Qualifications and Credit Framework level one certificate in personal development and employability, and a guaranteed job interview with a potential employer. Among those to recently benefit from the fast-track route into the industry was Aaron, who was unemployed for two years before completing the TAP training and earning a job with Menzies Aviation in Manchester. “The pre-employability programme really changed my life,” he said. “I love my job, I’m currently working a 20-hour contract but with overtime I work about 36 hours a week. My dream is now to progress to duty manager. I’m going to be the big boss man soon!” Aaron described the trainers who guided him through the course as “amazing”, and said the programme had not only helped him secure a good job, but also changed him personally. “It has really brought me out of my shell and I just feel so much more confident.” Another recent recruit, Shane, had a similar story. After being out of work for a year, he took the advice that he had “nothing to lose but everything to gain” by joining the programme, and is now working for Swissport in Stansted. “I would definitely recommend the programme. I’m very happy because I get to have a laugh with the people I work with and now that I have more experience, the new people turn to me for advice,” he said. TAP’s mission is to develop the next generation of aviation professionals by providing recruitment, referencing and induction programmes for young people aged 19 to 23 who are currently not in education, employment, or training (NEET). Thirteen per cent of people aged 16-24 were NEET in the fourth quarter of 2014.