Ryanair, Europe’s No.1 airline, welcomed Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania, and 80 Lithuanian high school students to its newly expanded aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) base in Kaunas, as it marked the launch of National Career Week and the “I Will Become” project.
Ryanair’s heavy maintenance facilities at Kaunas have grown strongly over the past five years, and in that time over 3,000 students have visited the facility, allowing them to see up close what a career in aircraft maintenance entails. The Kaunas hangar currently employs 200 staff, with 50 new jobs to be created throughout 2017 for trained and skilled aviation professionals in aircraft maintenance, workshops, training, and management.
Lithuania’s National Career Week and the “I Will Become” project aims to provide high school students with the opportunity to visit a variety of businesses nationwide and provide an insight into selecting their future profession, and Ryanair’s Kaunas team were happy to share their expertise and insights with the President and visiting students.
Ryanair’s Chief Operations Officer, Mick Hickey said:
"We were delighted to welcome President Grybauskaitė to our newly expanded maintenance base here in Kaunas and to provide an opportunity for the visiting high school students to see up close what the engineering career opportunities with Ryanair looks like as National Career Week begins. Our Kaunas maintenance base is one of the leading maintenance sites in Europe, and as we take delivery of 380 new Boeing aircraft in the coming years we will require a steady supply of trained and skilled aircraft technicians to ensure that our Kaunas facility continues to grow."
President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė said:
"Invest in Lithuania’ predicts that aircraft maintenance will be one of the leading job creators over the next 6 years, so it is vitally important that we highlight the work being carried out at the Kaunas facility. This year more than 16,000 Lithuanian students will take part in National Career Week, and the Government will be working with companies like Ryanair to ensure that employment opportunities continue to be created so that we can ensure a bright future for the young people of Lithuania."