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Employees at gap personnel delight in having young high flier among their ranks

Employees at gap personnel delight in having young high flier among their ranks
Work colleagues of gap personnel payroll administrator, Becca Williams, had no problem when the 17 year old spent a whole week with her head in the clouds. Quite the opposite they wished upon the stars that she would come back down to earth with a new qualification as a glider pilot.
And Becca did just that after an intensive training course in Shropshire. Becca, who works at the Wrexham headquarters of the national recruitment firm, is also a member of 1251 Berwyn Squadron air cadets, based at Ruabon.
She was selected to join only a handful of cadets from around the region on the course at RAF Tern Hill, Market Drayton. On hearing she passed out with flying colours her family and workmates were almost as delighted as she was. Becca has been working at gap personnel since May, joining them on an NVQ placement. But she has been in the cadets for four years and is now a Flight Sergeant, the highest rank she can achieve at her age.
She was thrilled when given the opportunity to earn her wings and gap personnel bosses immediately signed her holiday form so that she could take up the place. Gap personnel Managing Director, Gary Dewhurst, said:
We knew when we took her on board that Becca had lots of career potential but we never expected she would turn out to be such a high flier so early on! Everyone here is impressed and delighted by her success. It is a fantastic achievement.
Amazingly Becca only passed her driving test a few weeks before taking her glider pilot scholarship. I thought having mastered the art of sitting in one driving seat such a short time before the course it might make things a little easier. But I quickly found winning your wings is entirely different to driving round the streets of Wrexham town centre, she laughed.
Becca learned in a Vigilant model motor glider, flying under instruction at up to 5,500 ft.My first solo flight was lower at 800ft but it was still amazing, literally like nothing else on earth, said Becca.
The residential course involved long days of practical and theory instruction.We did three hours flying every day and had two lectures a day. Sometimes we were studying from 9am until 9.45pm, but it was all worth it, said Becca, who lives in Ruabon with her mum and step-dad, Katrin and Miles Davies, and younger sister Erin, aged seven.
Now she has her glider pilot certificate she is eligible to apply for further training on a Grob Tutor powered aircraft.There is a lot of competition for those courses, but I would love to give it a go, added Becca, who once also delighted in being a passenger in a Merlin helicopter during a training exercise at an RAF base.
The Air Cadets have given me lots of great life experiences. They offer teenagers the opportunity to learn valuable skills. Through them I also qualified as a first aider and in HeartStart first aid.
And now I am at the highest rank for my age I get the chance to teach some of the other younger cadets which is a good way to give something back to an organisation from which Ive learned so much.
Becca originally joined the cadets with ideas of one day enrolling in the RAF but she is unsure now in which direction her career will ultimately take off. I am a bit of a homebird really and I am very much enjoying my role with gap personnel, learning important administrative and organisational skills and meeting lots of new people, so for the moment at least Im happy to spend my working days on the ground.


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