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Monarch to create 75 new jobs at Birmingham Airport

Budget airline’s engineering arm on the hunt for more technicians to work at giant maintenance hub

Monarch Aircraft Engineering is recruiting for technicians at its Birmingham Airport base

The engineering arm of budget airliner Monarch is creating 75 new jobs at its base at Birmingham Airport.

Monarch Aircraft Engineering, which opened at the airport three years ago this month, says it is planning to expand the team there to 250 staff.

The giant hub, which is big enough to house four football pitches, provides jet maintenance and testing services to Monarch and other companies on a contract basis.

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Virtually all of these new positions are for skilled, trained engineers, who carry out maintenance on many different types of aircraft including the latest generation Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

An increasing number of the workforce is recruited through its apprenticeship programme and the latest intake has just joined, increasing the number of apprentices in training by a third to 29.

In addition to creating jobs at its own facility, Monach Aircraft Engineering says it supports hundreds of positions at more than 20 supplier companies based in the region such as Air Kraft, Blue City Aviation and Monks & Crane.

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Monarch was recently forced to deny it was experiencing financial trouble after its Twitter feed was inundated with customers asking if it was going bust.

Chris Dare, managing director of Monarch Aircraft Engineering, said: “Since we opened our Birmingham facility in 2013, we’ve been proud to play a role in developing skills and talent, and creating jobs in the region.

“Demand for the maintenance services we offer at Birmingham is growing year on year and we have every expectation of creating further new skilled engineering positions in 2017.”

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