The closing date for applications is 31 July 2018

The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers, in partnership with Aerotron Ltd, seeks applications from suitably experienced and motivated aircraft technicians and mechanics for a scholarship of up to £5,000 towards the cost of obtaining a Part 66 B1 or B2 aircraft maintenance license for fixed wing, rotary wing or other aircraft type.  This is a prestigious award, made once per year, and competition is keen. Candidates will therefore be required to meet certain strict criteria and to complete the attached application form in a professional manner.

Candidates must be permanently resident in the UK, below the age of 30, and in permanent employment in the UK with a UK approved Part 145 maintenance organisation. The application must be recommended and supported by their employer, who must also declare that the candidate will be allowed appropriate time to complete the required studies and examinations.

Candidates are responsible for selecting, applying for and purchasing a Part 66 course.  The scholarship will be equally divided by the number of course modules and paid directly to the training provider in stages commensurate with the modules being undertaken for the duration of the course to subsidise course fees.  Should the winner withdraw from or be removed from the course for any reason, scholarship payments to the training provider will cease at the point of cessation of study.

The application may be made either prior to acceptance on a Part 66 course, or after the Part 66 course has commenced. However, in the case of an application being made before acceptance on a course, the successful applicant will be expected to provide proof of course enrolment before the first scholarship installment will be paid to the chosen training provider.

Candidates should complete the application form as fully as possible. Selected candidates will subsequently be short-listed for interview based on the quality and substance of their written applications. Those called forward for interview will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of and discuss:

  1. The EASA Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence structure and pre-requisites.
  2. The EASA Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence experience requirements.
  3. The EASA Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence study and examination options.
  4. Their own career plan and goals, and their perceived benefit from the award.
  5. Their own study plan, including where and how they intend to study and sit examinations.
  6. The provision of funds from their own sources in addition to the scholarship.
  7. The support to be offered by their current employer.

Furthermore, those selected for interview will be required to bring the following documents for inspection by the Coachmakers’ Aerospace Awards Committee:

  1. A current passport or driving licence for photo identification.
  2. A company ID card.
  3. Certificates of academic qualifications.
  4. Proof of a UK address.
  5. One personal reference from an aeronautical professional person (in addition to the employer’s reference and statement of support on the application form).
  6. Proof of acceptance by a Part 147 College.

The scholarship will be awarded annually, with a closing date for applications of 31 July. The winner will be notified in time to meet chosen course dates, and will subsequently be invited to and be expected to attend the next Coachmakers Aerospace Industry Dinner, held annually in November at a prestigious location in London, when they will be presented with a certificate detailing their award in the presence of many senior executives from the UK Aerospace Industry. The cost of the dinner will be borne by the Coachmakers, but either the winner or their employer will be responsible for any necessary travel and accommodation expenses.

Candidates should complete the online application form here.