WORK PLACEMENT SUCCESS STORIES
CASE STUDIES OF SOME OF OUR SUCCESSFUL WORK PLACEMENTS
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Justin first joined Air Charter Service as a work placement whilst he was renting a room in Chris Leach’s, the Chairman’s, house. Today, he is the CEO of the company. To view his story, along with comments from Chris, watch our 25 year anniversary video on our company history page.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
"I started my year’s work placement at Air Charter Service (ACS) in 2004, initially as part of the Operations Division based in Ostend Airport, Belgium before its re-location to East Midlands Airport, UK. I then moved to the ACS headquarters in London where I was assistant to Justin Bowman, now the group CEO, from whom over my last 5 months of placement, I learnt a lot about the cargo industry. After returning to Loughborough University to complete my degree in Air Transport Management, I was delighted to be offered a full-time role within ACS as a Trainee Cargo Broker in 2006. From this great opportunity I eventually worked my way up to Cargo Sales Manager, before moving over to Business Development in 2011, where I am now the Business Development Director.
Having done a work placement at ACS, I can honestly say it provides a great experience. Not only did I get to travel the world and get a feel for the aviation industry as a whole, but I also become part of a company that holds family values at its core. It gave me the opportunity to be part of team filled with industry experts, from whom I learnt vast amounts. Since my work placement year I have not looked back, and it’s been great to be a part of the company’s substantial growth from the two office’s Moscow and London, with a total of 30 employees when I first started to the 19 offices and over 300 employees we now have."
SEARCH MARKETING EXECUTIVE
"In June 2013, after finishing my second year at the University of Portsmouth studying Business Studies, I began my placement year at Air Charter Service working in the marketing department. Having little experience before I started, I was unsure what to expect but I could not have envisaged how welcome I felt, and also importantly, how I was made to feel part of team rather than being seen as a student intern. To begin with I worked on an array of different projects across the marketing department, before focusing on email marketing. I also gained experience in digital marketing. Only a few months into the placement I knew I wanted to come back and be part of the growth of ACS after I finished my final year. This is a testament to the positive atmosphere and excellent working environment at ACS. Four years on, I have been back at Air Charter Service for over two years and am enjoying it more than ever. The work itself is enriching, challenging and evolving on a daily basis and the company are always trying new ways to improve the working environment. ACS is a great place to work and build a career and I am extremely happy that they provided me with the opportunity to come back after graduation. I look to continue to grow in my role in the company and am excited for what the future holds at ACS."
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