Jan. 18, 2018
West Star Aviation has teamed up with CareerWise in Colorado to establish a long-term apprenticeship beginning this summer.
Colorado launched a statewide initiative called CareerWise due to the workforce needs and lack of competencies needed for skilled or trade positions. West Star has agreed to employ a minimum of five apprentices a year for three years. The apprenticeship will provide training, development opportunities, business coaching, as well as guidance and consideration for full-time employment when the duration of the apprenticeship is complete.
“There is a growing need for new trade and skill development, especially in aviation, and there is a lack of trade schools for aircraft maintenance and paint, so if we can train students interested in the aviation market, we can take them to whatever level we want or need them to be at,” said Katie Johnson, director of human resources at West Star Aviation.
“Working side by side with a West Star expert will help our apprentices develop the fundamental skills while still in school, and also continue to develop their passion for aviation,” added Johnson.
Launched in 2016, CareerWise’s mission is to create opportunities for youth and businesses across Colorado by developing and supporting an innovative, sustainable youth apprenticeship program. Through this business-led, student-centered model, CareerWise brings together public and private stakeholders to ensure that students have access to the skills and knowledge they need for financial and academic success, and that businesses have access to highly-trained talent.
West Star Aviation expects an additional 14 apprentice spots to open for 2018. The company’s initial plan is to hire two apprentices, one for aviation technology and the other for paint.
West Star Aviation, a member of NBAA, specializes in the repair and maintenance of airframes, windows, and engines, as well as major modifications, avionics installation and repair, interior refurbishment, surplus avionics sales, accessory services, paint and parts. In addition to its facilities in East Alton, IL; Grand Junction, CO and Chattanooga, TN, West Star Aviation also runs maintenance operations at Aspen-Pitkin County Airport in Aspen, CO; Chicago Executive Airport in Chicago, IL; Centennial Airport in Denver, CO and Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport in Houston, TX.