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London Biggin Hill kicks off outreach year with five new apprentices

L to R – Sebastian Marchant, Aidan Malahu, Rhys Bartlett, Ahmed Shah, Joel Chivers

London – 8 January 2019: London Biggin Hill is beginning 2019 by welcoming five new apprentices, demonstrating its commitment to local education, outreach and training that will support ongoing growth at the airport.

The positions, first announced in September in association with East Surrey College, have been filled by Rhys Bartlett (22), Joel Chivers (25), Aidan Malahu (18), Sebastian Marchant (19) and Ahmed Shah (18). London Biggin Hill’s new airport apprentices will assist with the daily operation of the hangar and ramp, moving aircraft and supporting customers. Learning their craft, they’ll work side by side with experienced mentors.

Sebastian Marchant says: “I’ve always had an interest in aviation and I’ve wanted to work at London Biggin Hill since I visited their airshows as a child. My family are so excited, as they know that the airport is growing and that I can be part of that development.”

Andy Patsalides, marketing manager, London Biggin Hill Airport says: “Starting the new year with five new apprentices demonstrates our commitment to inspiring and training the next generation of aviation professionals. Record growth for the airport in 2018 means we can invest back into the local community and continue to boost employment.

“Over the coming months we’ll be announcing a series of initiatives linked to tackling the industry-wide workforce shortage in aviation. The new on-site London Aerospace & Technology College is set to open in 2020, increasing opportunities for scholarships, apprenticeships and specialist education. Only by investing in the future can we hope to continue our upwards trajectory.”


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About London Biggin Hill Airport

London Biggin Hill Airport is located 12 miles from central London and offers award-winning VIP handling, a choice of FBOs, extensive hangarage, support and maintenance services for all ranges of business jets.

A designated UK Port of Entry, Biggin Hill is free of runway slot constraints. An exclusive six-minute helicopter transfer service to and from the heart of London makes it the fastest transfer of any London airport.

Biggin Hill is the only dedicated business aviation airport within the capital and is already home to over 65 commercial and aviation activities.

There are very few places in the world other than Biggin Hill where aircraft operators and support companies can conduct all aspects of their business operations, management and maintenance at the heart of a global city and with the confidence in their ability to expand and develop over time.