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 - Take Flight

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 amongst others.

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 an apprentice.

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!”

Alex ChanceThe 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 miss him.”

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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