Aviation manufacturer plans to increase team

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The UK’s only independent civil aircraft manufacturer is hoping to expand its workforce on the south coast.

Britten-Norman at Lee-on-the-Solent is holding a recruitment fair tomorrow to attract those looking to work within the aviation industry or hoping for a new challenge.

This announcement comes as Britten-Norman celebrates the 50th anniversary of the maiden flight of the Islander – which will be making a cameo appearance in this year’s James Bond movie, Spectre and the demand for new and pre-owned aircraft has reached a five-year high.

Business development manager Lara Harrison said: ‘Our employees take great pride and satisfaction in helping shape raw material through an interesting and sometimes complicated process that sees it turn into a fully certified flying aircraft.’

There are over 30 jobs available within the company ranging from administration, licensed engineers, designers, system engineers and quality aircraft fitter based at their Daedalus Airfield site.

Daedalus has been chosen as the hub of the company’s aviation activities and is the home of its new aircraft manufacturing, military aircraft maintenance and civil aircraft maintenance and overhaul.

It is also offering a range of apprenticeships that will be starting in September.

Marketing administrator Amy-Jean Bartlett said: ‘We are looking to talk to engineering graduates who are just about to leave university or have already that are thinking about becoming a part of this industry.’

Those who attend the recruitment drive will be given details of the roles and how they can apply for these positions.

Tomorrow’s fair will take place at the Centre of Excellence in Engineering & Manufacturing Advanced Skills Training campus –Cemast – at Daedalus Airfield, Lee-on-the-Solent from 3pm to 8pm.