AerFin Partners with Nonprofit to Support Refugees, Boost Workforce

AerFin CEO Simon Goodson
AerFin CEO Simon Goodson
Credit: AerFin

UK-based aftermarket specialist AerFin has launched two initiatives aimed at boosting its workforce pipeline while aiding refugees from Ukraine and other global conflict zones. It has partnered with nonprofit RefuAid on two support initiatives to help refugees with resettlement and employment support in the UK.

“We have all been inspired by the strength and courage of the Ukrainian people and want to help,” said AerFin CEO Simon Goodson in a statement released May 25. “The flexible range of support that we are announcing today will bring direct employment, re-training and re-settlement opportunities to Ukrainian refugees, while we as a company, and a nation, will benefit from the skills and talent they will bring.”

Under the first initiative, AerFin has created what it calls “launchpad roles” for refugees arriving to the UK from conflict zones. The program allows for immediate employment at AerFin and provides on-the-job training and a development framework, under which candidates can progress into roles that are compatible with their existing skillsets and work experience. RefuAid, which has direct access to AerFin’s ongoing recruitment drives, is working to match candidates with existing and upcoming roles they may qualify for. AerFin says this program will also help facilitate arrival and relocation in the UK for employees and their families.

AerFin is also working with RefuAid to sponsor refugees so they can obtain language training tuition, resettlement advice and support with recertification of qualifications. It is sponsoring these efforts alongside a group of 15 companies working under the UK Ukraine Business Consortium.

“We urge other companies not just in aviation but in all industries to follow suit and provide similar access to resources and opportunities,” says Goodson.

Although AerFin says it is well-positioned to recruit for roles due to the high level of aviation activity near its headquarters in Cardiff and Gatwick, it has rapid growth ambitions in the coming years.

“Part of our growth ambitions center on expanding our MRO Lite and Asset Management capabilities, so to that end we’re constantly on the lookout for engineering, commercial and finance talent that can complement and buy into the AerFin culture and values,” says a spokesperson for the company.

Lindsay Bjerregaard

Lindsay Bjerregaard is managing editor for Aviation Week’s MRO portfolio. Her coverage focuses on MRO technology, workforce, and product and service news for, Aviation Week Marketplace and Inside MRO.