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AVMI is pleased to welcome Mike Brown, the latest ex-military trainee, to its Veterans Programme. Mike will be responsible for assisting engineers in their day-to-day activities to learn and develop new skills, with the long-term aim of becoming a CTS qualified engineer within the operations team. He will be mentored by three qualified veterans daily, to ensure he completes his training within a 12-month period.
Mike joined the Royal Navy at the age of 20 where he served in the Fleet Air Arm for 7 years as an air engineer technician and search and rescue winchman. Having worked on three squadrons (702, 815 and 825), Mike was responsible for servicing and maintaining some of the Royal Navy’s most powerful and robust helicopters, designed to be flown in extreme conditions all year round.
Mike has settled back into a civilian lifestyle easily and is finding his new life as well as his career with AVMI exciting. Resettlement was made easier for him as he started to ask other veterans about their resettlement and had already made a few connections with people in Kingston, the new area that he decided to move to.
It was at a career transition workshop that Mike found out about an AV engineering role within AVMI’s Veterans Programme. After meeting with Justin Paveley and having a tour around the Sunbury HQ, Mike knew it was a step in the right direction for his new career.
His teamwork, communication and planning skills acquired in the military, coupled with his background in aeronautical engineering are the perfect combination to give Mike a head start in his new trainee role.
Justin Paveley comments, ''From the moment I met Mike, it was evident that his experience in the Navy would give him good grounding for his new career in the Audio Visual industry. We are very excited to be working alongside another veteran who has a chance to flourish in such a fantastic and rewarding industry.''