High flying apprentice wins award
13.12.2016 A WCG Apprentice has been named as a Coventry
& Warwickshire Apprentice of the Year 2016.
Alex Chance, from Shipston-on-Stour, won the
Administration, Accounting and Finance Category at an award
ceremony held at Coventry Cathedral on 10 November.
Alex, who is an operations/customer service apprentice
at Take Flight Aviation based at Wellesbourne Airfield, was one of
16 category finalists at the inaugural awards - 10 of whom were WCG
apprentices - sponsored by Warwickshire County Council,
Coventry City Council and the Coventry & Warwickshire LEP
The twenty-year-old, who recently gained a NVQ Level 3
Certificate in Customer Service with WCG, also recently managed to
gain his Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and Night Rating whilst being
Alex, who has dreamed of being a pilot since he was a
boy, said: “I have really enjoyed being the apprentice at Take
Flight Aviation; taking an apprenticeship has been a real option to
help develop my career. I have been able to gain invaluable
experience and on-the-job training whilst working in a real-life
commercial environment. It’s opened up my mind to all the other job
opportunities in aviation that I hadn’t considered before.
“And to get my PPL and Night Rating last week has just
been amazing - it’s ticked all the boxes for me! Working for Take
Flight Aviation has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am
really going to miss it!”
The high flyer leaves the company after
18 months in December and will be departing long-haul to the
Southern Hemisphere for a spot of travelling and working around
Australia. Following on from which he hopes to pursue his dream of
a career in aviation.
Mike Roberts, Managing Director of Take Flight said:
"We're very proud of what Alex has achieved and delighted that he
has managed to complete his PPL and Night Rating as part of his
apprenticeship with us.
“He has become an integral part of the business
respected by staff and customers alike and is a shining example of
what an apprenticeship can and should be. We are really going to
An apprenticeship combines practical on-the-job
training with college study and takes between one and four years to
complete. Apprentices have the benefit of earning a wage whilst
studying towards a variety of related qualifications which can be
as advanced as foundation degree level.
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