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airship takes on apprentices

Jacob and Joseph. Apprentices at HAV. PNL-150909-125715001
Jacob and Joseph. Apprentices at HAV. PNL-150909-125715001

Building the world’s largest aircraft in Cardington sheds is having a positive impact on young engineers.

Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), the aeronautical firm behind the Airlander, has taken on two apprentices from Samuel Whitbread Academy.

Joseph Fairey, from Lower Stondon, and Jacob Pulley, from Hitchin, are studying BTEC Level 3 Engineering at the school’s sixth form but will spend two days a week working on the airship.

The pair are involved in the school’s electric car racing team and are enthusiastic about moving on to aircraft.

Joseph said: “Engineering is a big part of my life. I enjoy finding out how things work and coming up with solutions to problems.

“The variety that engineering brings, in particular aeronautical engineering, has inspired me to pursue this as a career.”

Jacob added: “My key ambition is to become an engineer, particularly in the area of aeronautics. I enjoy problem solving, being part of a team, and sharing ideas to work towards a common goal.”