The sky’s the limit for local BA recruits

Ayrshire College teamed up with British Airways recently to help the company recruit new aircraft maintenance staff.

With 68 applicants, the company called on the expertise of the College’s aircraft engineering team to help select candidates to take part in an assessment workshop and test held at the College.

Candidates were invited to take part in a three hour test, devised by College staff and designed to showcase their skills to BA. To meet the needs of BA’s business, the College held the selection process over four nights to create a shortlist for interview.

Thirty people were successful and are now looking forward to starting with BA in September.

Jonathon Kennedy, BA Production Manager said “How do you implement and facilitate the recruitment of 30 mechanics for British Airways Maintenance? Simple, contact Ayrshire College!

“Following our continuous improvement initiatives we found ourselves with a shortage of aircraft mechanics to meet our business needs. We asked Ayrshire College to help us with the interviewing and practical assessment of prospective candidates. By linking our resources and using the College’s first class facilities, we were able to carry out 60 interviews and practical assessments over four days to fulfil our needs.

Alastair Heron, Head of Learning and Skills at Ayrshire College said “Our partnership with BA spans several years and we were delighted to build on this strong relationship by supporting the recruitment and training of these new employees.

“We wanted to make the recruitment process as straightforward as possible for BA and used our expertise to ensure a successful outcome. We are now getting ready to deliver the training programme for new employees.”