BAE Systems apprentices given historic opportunity with RAF BBMF

Apprentices Neil and Charlie with Sqd Ldr Mason EMN-140404-120945001
Apprentices Neil and Charlie with Sqd Ldr Mason EMN-140404-120945001

Two graduates from BAE Systems’ apprentice programme at Coningsby are now honing their skills working on some of the RAF’s most iconic aircraft.

Neil Rutledge and Charlie Easay will be spending three months working with the RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight based at RAF Coningsby working on historic craft such as the Lancaster Bomber, Spitfire and Hurricane.

The placement is a joint venture between the RAF and BAE systems and paves the way for future apprentices to undertake similar placements in the future whilst completing their NVQ Level 3 in Aeronautical Engineering.

The pair said: “This is a great opportunity for us to work on a wide variety of aircraft.

“We’re getting hands on skills that you can’t get anywhere else in the world.”

BAE Systems Technical Competency Development Manager John Lupton said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to embed two of our high-performing apprentice graduates within the BBMF.

“It will provide them a unique experience enabling them to gain new skills whilst working on a number of the world’s most iconic aircraft.”

Squadron Leader Dunc Mason, Officer Commanding BBMF said: “I’m delighted to be working with BAE Systems on this placement.

“It’s a unique opportunity and I’m sure it will be a big success.”