b'KEY AREAS Aviation, Healthcare, GE manufacturesPower, Renewable 70% of the worldsEnergy and Digital aircraft engines.and GE AdditiveEvery 2 seconds, somewhere in the150 countriesworld, a GE powered aircraft takes off. 206,212 General Electric was co-founded in 1892 byemployees Thomas Edison, who invented the lightbulb.653 at PrestwickItsnowthethirdlargestcompanyinthe world. In 1980 GE Caledonian established a site in Prestwick for aerospace. That year GE hired its first two apprentices, including Paul Young. Now a Senior Manager, Paul is responsible for business in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. Q. Why did you choose GE?A. When I left Mainholm Academy, I was already signed up for the RAF. But I really wanted to work in aerospace.Many SeniorSenior Manager I saw the job advert for an apprentice at Caledonian andManagers atPaul Youngknew I had to apply. Right from the start, the company placed a lot of value on apprentices - and it still does.GE Caledonian Across every department, a high number of staff beganstarted as an as apprentices. Today, Im still very passionate aboutApprenticeourApprenticeshipProgramme,asitssuchagood route into what can become a hugely rewarding career.Q. How did you get to where you are today?A.Ivefollowedasteadycareerpathoveralmost40years,where Ive had 11 different roles within the company. After I completed my apprenticeship, I worked as a Mechanic, then Lead Mechanic beforePaul during his becoming Section Leader. By this point I had set my goal on becomingapprentice daysan Operations Business Leader which I achieved in 2003. However, with hard work, including an MBA, further opportunities and roles opened up, and Im now Senior MRO Programme Manager.Q. What does your current job involve?A.Well,itsareallydynamicandenjoyablerole.BasicallyIusemy business knowledge to help existing aviation customers improve theirPAULS TOP TIPS business performance for their Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO)FOR APPRENTICESfacilities. I also support customer start-up ventures. I travel all the timeIndia, Egypt, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Ethiopia, Turkey, Angola and the USA.GE Caledonian recruits 15 At the last count it was 32 countries in 39 years! new apprentices every year. Q. What advice would you give to young people starting their career? Heres how to stand out:A.Acareerisallaboutperformance.TakeresponsibilityforyourHave the right attitudeowndevelopment,giveyourselfaplanandmakeithappen.Take opportunities,challengeyourselfandbepreparedtoworkoutwithShow eagerness to learnyour comfort zone. Dont be a pinball bouncing aboutif a new role orContribute - dont beopportunity will strengthen you and offer something new, then take it.a passengerBut if it means going over old ground, wait for something different.24'