New apprentice scheme launched by RAS Group
The RAS Group of Companies based at Biggin Hill has launched a new apprentice scheme for young people. The company specialise in the design and manufacture of aircraft interiors, exterior painting and finishing and special engineering projects for the aerospace industry.
Under the scheme, three apprentices will be engaged over the next 12 months, the first to be enlisted is 20-year old George Harvey. He joins this month and will be attached to the company’s design department under the supervision of Kevin Hann, head of design. He will be trained in aerodynamics, thermodynamics and computer-aided design.
As part of his formal training, George will attend the Bromley College of Further and Higher Education on day release to study mechanical engineering over a three year period. The first two years are theory and project work, the final year is practical, hands-on work in the engineering workshop at College and at the airport. Upon completion of the course and passing the examinations, he will qualify for a B-Tech in Mechanical Engineering in 2015.
“It is a privilege for me to be appointed to this position. The future is very exciting as aerospace is such a dynamic industry. I have always been fascinated by aircraft and the science of aviation. If I work hard, there is a good career path – for me it is a dream come true” Harvey says.
The second apprentice will be recruited this autumn for employment commencing in January 2013 to specialise in aerospace engineering and manufacturing. The third candidate will be selected in the summer 2013 and engaged for employment in August to specialise in aircraft refurbishment.
The RAS Group of Companies was founded in 1996 by Chris Ransley and Russell Pitt, the group includes RAS Completions Ltd and RAS Interiors Ltd, the two companies have customers throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and China. Director Chris Ransley says that carefully selected apprentices provided with a comprehensive training are vital to the future of his company.
“Our policy with this new programme is to bring in youngsters with ability and potential and train them up to take significant roles in our business. This is what is required to ensure the future of our company” Ransley says.
Photograph: George Harvey (sitting) with Chris Ransley, director, RAS Group