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Aerospace Apprentice Demonstration Zone a Hit at the Aviation Expo

This year’s Aviation Expo in Brisbane, organised by Aviation Australia,  featured an Aerospace Apprentice Demonstration Zone for the first time, with apprentices from several aerospace companies participating. The area proved to be a massive hit with visitors and exhibitors alike, all eager to see what kind of tasks an aircraft maintenance engineer undertakes.

Aeroskills apprentices from Qantas Airways, Virgin Australia, TAE Aerospace, Northrop Grumman, Air Gold Coast, Pacific Turbine, LifeFlight, Hawker Pacific and Aviation Australia demonstrated practical mechanical and avionics tasks, and chatted with the public about their careers.

The Aerospace Apprentice Demonstration Zone was visited by State Development Minister Cameron Dick, who officially opened the demonstrations and emphasised the importance of the MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) industry to Queensland.

“Queensland’s aircraft manufacturing and maintenance sector alone provides over 4200 jobs across more than 300 enterprises,” Mr Dick said.

“By 2025, a 30 per cent shortfall in the global aircraft and maintenance workforce is expected, with Australia and the Asia-Pacific region particularly affected.

“Queensland has an excellent opportunity to help meet this shortfall and grow even more jobs in our aviation, defence and aerospace sectors.”

At the conclusion of the day, prizes were awarded to participating apprentices, including Toolkits from major prize sponsor, Snap On Tools.

Aviation Australia is proud of all of the apprentices for their efforts on the day, and grateful to everyone involved. It was extremely satisfying to be able to showcase the passion the apprentices have for their jobs and the aviation industry with so many visitors at the Aviation Expo.

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