Aviation maintenance company, Dublin Aerospace, is bucking the negative trends engulfing the sector at the moment, by announcing that it intends to increase the number of apprentices it takes on this year.

The Dublin Airport based firm is to hire an additional 29 apprentices as part of its 2020 programme, a 20% increase on the previous intake.

The apprenticeships will begin training in November, in a move that will bring to 350 the numbers employed by the firm.

They will be in a range of areas including aircraft engineering, mechanical automation and maintenance fitting.

"There's no doubt about it, the past seven months have been extremely difficult for almost every industry, with aviation being one of the hardest hit –Dublin Aerospace has not been spared," said Conor McCarthy, chairman and CEO of Dublin Aerospace.

"However, our team have worked tirelessly throughout and demonstrated amazing flexibility and commitment."

"We remain focused on our long term competitiveness and growth - recruiting and developing the best aircraft engineering apprentices is a core part of this strategy".

The apprentice programme is four years in duration and supported by Solas. Apprentices get paid during it.

Dublin Aerospace recently announced a $15m expansion programme with the company buying and developing a new Landing Gear facility in Ashbourne, Co. Meath.

It will open early next year and employ around 150 people.