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Air Corps Apprentice

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Employed by the Irish Air Corps to learn a specialist skill or trade relevant to the efficient running of the Corps.


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Oisin McGrath
Lieutenant - Pilot - Air Corp

Oisin McGrath is a pilot in the Irish Air Corp. He studied and completed Degree in Aeronautical Engineering in University of Limerick, and applied to the Air Corp in his final year in college. He now flies regularly on a variety of missions and is trained to fly on a number of different aircraft.

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The main Air Corps base is at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel, Co. Dublin. The Air Corps is involved in a wide range of activities such as joint operations with the Army, Naval Service and Gardaí, Search and Rescue missions, Air Ambulance missions, Ministerial Air Transport, Irish/EU fishery patrols and VIP flights for visiting dignitaries.   
  
To carry out these tasks, the Air Corps has over forty aircraft which, to keep in operation, require a large range of specialist skills not just from pilots but from aircraft engineers, technicians and mechanics, backed by Air Traffic Controllers and Flight Operations staff. They are employed to learn a specialist skill of trade relevant to the efficient running of the Corps. The air-crafts need to be maintained, repaired, refuelled and serviced.   
  
The purpose of the Air Corps Apprentice Scheme is to provide military trades persons for the Air Corps. The Scheme offers the successful Apprentice an opportunity to become an efficient and disciplined soldier and provides training as Aircraft Mechanics, both Mechanical and Avionic.   
  
The system of training is equivalent to that of a first-class civilian workshop practice and should ensure the attainment of the highest qualifications. The Apprenticeship courses in the Air Corps Apprentice School have been adapted to comply with FÁS Standard Based Apprenticeship Schemes.   
  
The Trade Union organisations have agreed that personnel trained and qualified under the Air Corps Apprenticeship schemes may be accepted as qualified trades persons and, on return to civilian life, may be admitted as members of the appropriate Trade Unions.


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An Air Corps Apprentice must be hard working and efficient. They need to be in good health and physically fit. To apply they must be over 17 years and under 22 years. Height must be either 5' 4'' or over. Normal colour vision is essential. Applicants must complete a detailed medical examination and basic fitness test.


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