Airport apprentice takes to the skies from the get-go

Airport apprentice takes to the skies from the get-go

Trainee engineer Abigail Rickers kick started her apprenticeship with a 'student of the month' award and has been wowing tutors ever since.

Abigail joined the College on an apprenticeship with Manchester Airport, after gaining advice from our Apprenticeship Team.

Abigail said: “I was really interested in an apprenticeship and I’d been looking on the web, then I came to an open day at College and was recommended the apprenticeship that I applied for.”

The 17-year-old aced several rounds of interviews to secure the coveted post, where she gets to learn the inner workings of third busiest airport in Britain after Gatwick and Heathrow, from scanning machines to baggage systems.

“My dad was really happy with the result because he was an apprentice in instrumentation engineering. My entire family are really proud to see me succeed.”

During the first year of her apprenticeship in College, Abigail will be studying a combination of metal-work, electrical wiring and circuits at our Stretford Campus with Trafford College, spending a day each week learning on the job, increasing to four days, the following year.

Manchester Airport handles tens of millions of passengers each year with direct flights all over the world.

Electrical tutor Steve Mellon said: “Abigail is one of the best students I have taught in electrical for a long, long time. She is exceptional. When Abigail completed some of the work asked of her, I had to bring other members of staff to come and look at what she has produced. It’s unbelievable! She’s finished well in advance in electrical wiring. Abigail isn’t just a good engineer, she’s management material.”