Darland alumni and best friends earn degree apprenticeships at the aerospace giant


Two talented teenagers and best friends have landed prestigious apprenticeships with one of the best aircraft manufacturers in the world.

Harvey Clare (pictured left) and Max Davies (pictured right) will begin their new roles at Airbus Broughton this month (September).

Both 18 and an alumnus of Darland High School in Rossett, Harvey will take a business management apprenticeship, while Max is studying for an engineering apprenticeship, delivered in partnership with Swansea University.

The couple, who come from Wrexham, also studied the same A-levels at Yale 6th from Coleg Cambria and can’t wait to start this next chapter together.

Max earned an A* in math, an A* in physics, and an A in business, while Harvey earned an A in math, a B in physics, and a B in business.

“We’ve known each other for a long time, so it’s been great to support each other through the application process and now all the way to the apprenticeships,” Max said.

“We both did a BTEC Engineer level 2 in high school and got a taste for the aeronautics sector, so it started from there.

“The opportunity to earn money while learning so close to home was another appealing proposition and we can’t wait to get started.”

Coleg Cambria and its partners offer a range of internships with industry leaders, giving participants the opportunity to develop their skills while receiving academic and financial support.

Harvey said the chance to work at Airbus’ wing manufacturing plant in Flintshire – one of the largest manufacturers in the UK – was one they wanted to pursue.

“The process started in October, so it took some time, but we are delighted to have the green light,” he added.

“Airbus is a huge organization and the perfect place to lay the foundations for our careers in the industry.

“Thank you to everyone at Yale 6th for your support, this is going to be an amazing experience for both of us.”

Mel Henry, Curriculum Manager for Yale Sixth and A-Level Business Lecturer, said: “It is fantastic to see Yale 6th students progressing to degree-based apprenticeships.

“We are proud of Max and Harvey, whose skills and talents have been recognized in such a competitive field.

“We wish them every success for the future and know that they will continue to have fantastic careers.”

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