Lockheed Martin-owned company Sikorsky Australia has welcomed three local apprentice aircraft maintenance engineers to its maintenance and logistics support facility at Nowra.
Joel Grimston, Luca Taglieri and Nicholas Poelczer will join Sikorsky’s formal apprenticeship and trainee program as part of the government's four-year $1 million investment to "engage and recruit apprentices and trainees in the Shoalhaven region".
Director business development for Lockheed Martin Neale Prescott said the company is proud to be working with the Commonwealth to support local defence capabilities through the Sikorsky Australia program.
“As an employer of more than 1,200 Australian men and women across the country’s regional and urban areas, we believe investing in our local workforce and planning for our future workforce is critical to our success and Australia’s future defence capabilities,” he said.
“As our work becomes more technologically complex, recruiting Australians with the right skills mix for these capabilities is even more important.
“We are pleased to welcome Joel, Luca and Nicholas to our team at Nowra and look forward to supporting them on their way to becoming fully fledged aircraft maintenance engineers.”
Following the addition of the three newest apprentices, it brings the total appointments to Sikorsky Australia's trainee program from the local area to seven.
Every 24 months, the company will offer two apprenticeship and two trainee positions for placement at the Nowra facilities.
The program will see apprentices take up four-year placements with Sikorsky Australia and attend an accredited course provided by local training company Aerospace Training Services, with the goal of becoming fully qualified aircraft maintenance engineers.
Sikorsky Australia's maintenance and logistics support facility, located at Albatross Aviation Technology Park, houses through-life support services for the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet of 24 MH-60R (Romeo) maritime helicopters, with the fleet itself built by Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation.