Thirteen students from Mobile County Public Schools have been selected to participate next year in a new job training program for Airbus that could lead to a career with the aircraft manufacturer.
The FlightPath9 program targets high school seniors with a desire to work in aerospace. It will be run by Flight Works Alabama, which has partnered with Airbus, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Cintas, Snap-On Tools, Southwest Alabama Partnership for Training & Employment, and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) to offer a nine-month comprehensive learning program involving NC3 Snap-on certifications, ERAU instruction, guest speakers, success coaches and more. The students will attend training after school during their senior year of high school.
Selected for the program’s inaugural class were: Elasiah Brown, Ty’Nora Edwards, Cameron Harris, Torian Kidd and Christopher Moore of B.C. Rain; Jacob Driggers of Citronelle; Kiara Gros and Dillan Lee of Bryant High; Bertrand Horace of Blount High; Dustin Lewis of MGM; Andrew Okeke of Davidson High; and Carson Waldrop and Joseph White of Baker High.
“The ideal candidate for FlightPath9 is that student with an aptitude for working with his or her hands, and an interest in working in the aviation industry right out of high school. They must be willing and able to participate in a nine-month program, be drug-free, can read, write, do math, be 18 years or older by June 2020, and can adhere to ‘soft’ work skills: show up to work every day and on time, can work in a team with respect for all co-workers, be dedicated, driven and determined. Give us that, and we’ll give you a chance at a career,” said Daryl Taylor, Vice President & General Manager of the Airbus A320 Manufacturing Facility in Mobile.
Upon graduation, students who successfully complete the FlightPath9 program have the opportunity to start their career with Airbus through a second program announced by Airbus this week, called Fast Track. It’s a 12- to 15-week program that will bring individuals with little to no aviation manufacturing experience into the company and give them the skills, knowledge and ability required for an aerospace maintenance career.
Airbus has been building its A320 Family single-aisle aircraft in Mobile since July 2015, and broke ground in January for a new assembly line to build its A220 aircraft. Its production facility at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, is its first in the U.S.