Shannon training campus takes off for Lufthansa

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Attending the event were Stefan Drewes, Head of Aircraft Base Maintenance, Pat Breen, Minister for Trade, Business and Enterprise and Pat Shine, CEO and Managing Director of Lufthansa Technik Shannon. Photograph Liam Burke Press 22
Attending the event were Stefan Drewes, Head of Aircraft Base Maintenance, Pat Breen, Minister for Trade, Business and Enterprise and Pat Shine, CEO and Managing Director of Lufthansa Technik Shannon. Photograph Liam Burke Press 22

A NEW state of the art training centre to harness the skills of the next generation of aircraft mechanics has been officially opened in Shannon.

The facility at Lufthansa Technik Shannon, will provide a combination of classroom, workshop and on-the-job training facilities for aircraft mechanics in an investment by the company that will solidify its position in the region as a leading provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services.

Minister for Trade, Business and Enterprise, Pat Breen, opened the new campus in a move that boosts Ireland’s reputation in the aviation sector on the international stage.

Pat Shine, CEO and Managing Director of Lufthansa Technik Shannon said; “Developing and opening this new campus was in direct response to the battle for talent in Ireland and the worldwide shortage of aircraft mechanics.

“This investment was imperative to develop aviation professionals of the future, support the development and growth of Lufthansa Technik’s aircraft maintenance business in Shannon and to fuel its expanding international aircraft maintenance training business.

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“We will be training current and future generations of aircraft mechanics, so this is a very proud day for the team in Shannon.”

Jacinta Courtney, Leader of the Training School in Shannon, said that feedback about current and future needs of the industry from former students, who are now working in areas including aircraft leasing, finance and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul), had shaped the design and development of the centre’s training products.

One of the company’s first trainees, David Ward, who trained at the company 28 years ago and is now Aviation Training Business Development Leader at Lufthansa Technik Shannon said that the change in the aviation industry has been reflected in the improvement in standards and processes.

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