Bristow Helicopters' Apprentice Soars to Top of the Class

A Bristow Helicopter trainee has taken top honors at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Apprentice aircraft technician Michael Gibbs won Best Mechanical Apprentice and the Apprentice of the Year accolade at the Tullos Training awards event in Aberdeen.

Competition was strong with more than 150 apprentices, from all trades represented at the city's Tullos Training center, competing for the titles.

The modest 19-year-old described his success saying, "I just got on with the work and didn't muck about."

Michael, of Brechin, Angus, who was presented with his awards by Sir Moir Lockhead OBE, Chief Executive of First Group plc, is one of seven Bristow trainees just completing the first year of their modern apprenticeships with the global leader of helicopter services.

Following initial training at Tullos, they are currently based at Air Service Training in Perth, working towards their Category A3 Licence -- the first step in gaining a full aircraft maintenance engineer's qualification.

In October they will return to the Bristow Base in Aberdeen for On The Job training and where they will carry out the remainder of their four-year apprenticeships.

Paul Richardson, Bristow's training manager, said, "We are absolutely delighted with Michael's achievement. It is richly deserved as he is a superb example to his peers.

"At Bristow, we recognize that apprentices can make our organization more effective, productive and competitive by addressing any potential skills gaps directly. The young people completing the apprenticeship gain a high level of competency and performance and it's these skills and experience that are vital to the future success of Bristow Helicopters."