Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Apprentices complete FlightPath9, begin apprenticeship

FlightPath9 (FP9) trainees completed their training and became Airbus apprentices as they began their apprenticeships at the Mobile U.S. Manufacturing Site. Flight Works Alabama’s FP9 is a pre-employment training program designed to prepare early career and high school students for aviation manufacturing jobs. Airbus partnered with the State of Alabama, Bishop State Community College, Southwest Alabama Partnership for Training and Employment and local business to make the program possible.

The ceremony celebrating the completion of the apprenticeship was attended by Bishop State Community College President Olivier Charles; Mobile City Council President CJ Small; Mobile County Commission President Connie Hudson; Bishop State Community College Dean David Felton and many parents, grandparents, friends and family of the 46 students who completed the FP9 program.

“We did precision measurement, riveting, torque, a little bit of sheet metal, electrical,” apprentice Kennedy Brown told local media attending the ceremony.

The FP9 apprentices entered the U.S. Manufacturing Site as apprentices and are going through New Hire Orientation, including classroom material like culture, safety, diversity and inclusion, import/export rules, training plans and more.

The program will be crucial as Airbus constructs a new final assembly line in Mobile that will support the creation of 1,000 new jobs. FP9 students earn multiple industry-recognized certificates in the following categories: Precision Measuring Instruments, Tools@Height, Mechanical and Electronic Torque, Multimeter, Precision Electrical Termination, and Structural Sheetmetal Assembly.