Hunt down a top career chance

A youngster is being given the chance to turn their hobby into a dream career thanks to the Press and Journal’s Apprentice 100 campaign.

Cyberhawk has pledged to take on a trainee remotely operated aerial vehicle (ROAV) pilot as part of our bid to create new and exciting opportunities for young people in Scotland.

Phil Buchan, commercial director at Cyberhawk Innovations, said: “We’re very pleased to be supporting the P&J Apprentice 100 initiative. This is not only a fantastic way to bring new blood into a variety of industries, but also an excellent opportunity for companies like Cyberhawk to highlight the positive experience we have had with many graduates.”


He added the trainee ROAV pilot role on offer is a rare opportunity, and one which would be particularly well suited to a drone hobbyist, or someone with an interest in aviation and drone technology.

Since its inception in 2008, Cyberhawk has become a world leader in industrial inspection and land surveying using unmanned aerial vehicles. While the main sector it works in is oil and gas, both onshore and offshore globally, employees also have the chance to work across other industries including renewables, utilities and rail.

It has experienced great success over the past seven years, a large part of which Mr Buchan attributes to the company’s “continual recruitment and training of graduates”, which now make up a third of the workforce.


“We have seen first-hand the level of talent that graduates can bring to a company, and are committed to continuing to bring new talent into the fast-growing ROAV industry,” he added.

“For an innovative company like Cyberhawk, identifying new talent and new ways of working is essential for us to remain at the top of our game. The ideas that our graduates bring to the table play as much of a part in our business as the suggestions from more experienced members of staff.

“Many of our graduates have joined us already interested in drones as a hobby, and keen to start a career in this area, whilst others have arrived as engineering graduates, keen to try a career path that differs from that of their peers.

“As a growing business, we continue to recruit and add to our skill pool on a regular basis, and want to ensure that we retain a good balance between graduates and the more experienced personnel.”

To become a Cyberhawk apprentice, visit the website or e-mail


The lucky youngster who bags this trainee pilot job will learn to:

Operate as the pilot of unmanned aircraft (also known as a UAV or a drone)
Undertake pre-flight planning and post-flight data management and operational paperwork
Assist in the maintenance and preparation of flight equipment
Prepare and apply risk assessments
Handle onsite client liaison
Work within HSE standards
An aviation/UAV qualification or experience would be desirable, but not essential

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