Offshore flight operator CHC Helicopter said yesterday it had received nearly 60 applications for every place on its new apprenticeship scheme.
The firm, which intends training at least seven young engineers every year for the next five years, said more than 400 people had applied to join the first intake.
CHC also said it planned to expand the apprenticeship scheme in the coming years, depending on the continued strength of the North Sea oil and gas market.
After eight months of classroom training in Cirencester in England, the trainees – all aged between 16 and 24 – will start 16 months of practical experience in either Aberdeen or North Denes in the UK or Den Helder in the Netherlands.
As Aberdeen is CHC’s headquarters for its European operations, it is expected that many of the trainees in the coming years will be based in the Granite City.
Mark Abbey, CHC’s regional director for west North Sea, said: “The interest shown in our apprenticeship scheme has been outstanding.
“Excellence in engineering is crucial in our business, and with this scheme we will train talented young people and also secure our position for the future.”