A group of Apprentices from Babcock International Group is celebrating after starting permanent jobs at RAF Valley with the aeronautical and engineering giant.

The apprentices and their families gathered along with representatives from Babcock and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai's business branch, Busnes@LLandrilloMenai at RAF Valley recently to celebrate the successes of the very first Aeronautical Engineering Apprentice Scheme and HADES General Engineering Apprenticeships in North Wales. Not only did all 15 of the youngsters excel in their training, they were all offered a contract with Babcock, at RAF Valley.

Also celebrating completion of their apprenticeships and securing permanent posts were three HADES General Engineering Apprentices who completed a three-year apprenticeship which culminated in them achieving their City and Guilds, Level 3 Diploma in Engineering.

In 2016 Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and Babcock signed a memorandum of understanding which agreed to work together to train 33 aeronautical engineers over a three-year period until 2020. This commitment will see three cohorts of local youngsters achieving their BTEC Level 3 in Aeronautical Engineering.

These apprentices who have just graduated into permanent employment are the first group to complete this programme. Subsequent cohorts will complete their training in 2019 and 2020. The parties hope to further extend the scheme as Babcock develops and invests in RAF Valley and builds a pool of local talent.

Speaking at the event Neal Misell, Managing Director of Babcock's UK Military Air business commented:

We are very proud of the achievements of our Apprentices. It was important to recognise their achievements and celebrate with their families. My challenge to them now is for this to represent the start of great careers within Babcock. We look forward to watching them develop further over the coming years.

Dafydd Evans followed-up by saying:

We are immensely proud of the apprentices who have worked so hard at college and in the workplace. It is good to see local young people getting training and employment with a prestigious company like Babcock and as a college, we are proud to be working closely with industry to develop programmes that deliver excellent training.

Over recent decades we've seen the reputation of apprenticeship diminish, programmes such as this put apprenticeships back on the agenda - Babcock only select exceptional candidates and train them to the highest standards. The young people we have met this morning prove that an apprenticeship can be the gateway to an excellent career, one with opportunities to progress and travel if they desire. All I ask is that the apprentices here today tell other young people about their experiences and become ambassadors for apprenticeships, and Coleg Menai of course.

For more information about the Babcock Apprenticeship contact Bethan McCrohan at Bethan.McCrohan@babcockinternational.com