In 2022, Airbus and Flight Works Alabama developed and launched the FlightPath9 Early Career program for high school students who have an interest in the aviation industry. FlightPath9 (FP9) is a Flight Works Alabama (FWA) pre-employment training program designed to prepare individuals for a position at Airbus’ U.S. Manufacturing Facility. Through FWA and Bishop State Community College, students will earn 18 credit hours and a Short Certificate in Aviation Manufacturing Technology.
In addition, FP9 students will 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.
Each year, 20-30 high school juniors are selected to participate in the FP9 program during their senior year. These students attend class two evenings each week for approximately 10 months. After successful completion of the FP9 program and high school graduation, these students will become full-time apprentices at Airbus.
The Early Career program, for individuals who are early in their careers and have an interest in beginning a new career in the aviation industry, is offered over a period of ten weeks from May to August.
In the photo above, members of the 2023 FP9 Early Career class, from left, are Corynn Singleton, a graduate of Theodore High School; Austin Reid, a graduate of Citronelle High; Kurt Carden, a graduate of Bryant High; and Erik Timmons, a graduate of Baker High. They will become Airbus apprentices after they graduate on August 4, 2023.