The Royal Air Force Museum has launched an apprenticeship scheme in conjunction with a Barnet-based college.

The museum in Grahame Park Way, Hendon, has teamed up with Barnet and Southgate College to offer a training programme based on motor vehicles.

Apprentices will work towards a nationally recognised qualification accredited by the Institute of the Motor Industry and will also have the chance to become a registered conservation technician.

The museum’s first two apprentices are Brendan O’Gorman, 17, and Baljit Singh Badesha, 22, who both live in Finchley.

Peter Dye, director general of the museum, said: “Having been an engineer in the RAF myself, I can be sure that both Brendan and Baljit will learn a great deal and face many challenges in the security of a supportive environment.”

David Byrne, principal of Barnet and Southgate College, added: "Apprenticeships are a great way for young people to shape their future careers; they earn a wage while they learn technical skills on the job, and at the same time they gain a nationally recognised qualification.

“The scheme is also of huge benefit to employers such as the RAF Museum as it’s an ideal opportunity for them to bring productive, enthusiastic and loyal people into their organisation, and at the same time demonstrates their commitment to investing in their own industry.”