Telford College’s new series of aviation engineering courses kick off in September – and the application process is now open.
The programme has been created to meet an urgent need for skilled engineers to work in the commercial and military airline industry.
Courses are being run by the college with the backing of the Aviation Skills Partnership, which has links with major airlines including Ryanair, with an initial intake of around 100 students.
It is hoped that this will be the forerunner for the creation of a fully-fledged Shropshire-based ‘aviation academy’ to supply a regular stream of skilled staff to the world’s leading airlines.
Aviation Skills Partnership regional manager Rachel Brickell attended Telford College’s latest open event to help promote the programme, and applications are now open. More details can be found at www.telfordcollege.ac.uk.
Janet Stephens, deputy principal at Telford College, said: “There is currently a massive demand for licenced engineers in the aviation industry, which means there are some fantastic career opportunities out there.
“It is estimated that, across Europe alone, around 132,000 new technicians will be needed between now and the year 2037 to work on the maintenance of aircraft.
“As a result, we will be looking to recruit around 100 students for our first intake in September, offering levels two and three engineering courses which are being aligned to deliver specific aviation skills.
“In areas where other aviation academies are already up and running, such as Norwich, 100% of the most recent cohort have gained real employment in the industry.”
Aviation Skills Partnership (ASP) was established in 2013, dedicated to transforming the approach to aviation skills and creating career pathways into aviation at all ages and career stages.
Its mission is to continuously improve education and training opportunities leading to, and within the aviation sector, ensuring that the right people have the right skills, to get the right job.
It works with over 200 partners, including educators, training providers, government, employers, charities, and other institutions to increase access to the aviation sector.
Founder and chief executive Simon Witts said: “The UK needs to re-establish its place as one of the world’s leading providers of skilled people to feed the growth in the industry.
“We have a long and proud aviation and aerospace heritage and we are recognised the world over for the standard, quality, and content of our training.”
The ASP presented its latest Manifesto for Aviation Skills to business leaders, MPs, academics, educators, and trainers at the House of Commons earlier this month.