Facebook - Shropshire Business Twitter - Shropshire Business LinkedIn - Shropshire Business
https://www.shropshire-chamber.co.uk https://www.aaronandpartners.com

College signs up to aviation skills charter

Telford College has signed up to a UK ‘Charter for Aviation Skills’ as part of its campaign to train a new generation of highly-skilled engineers for the industry.

Principal Graham Guest, and deputy principal Janet Stephens, attended the inaugural meeting of the Charter for Aviation Skills Combined Aviation Group at Cranfield University, to pledge support for the scheme.

The college is launching a new series of aviation engineering courses this month – the first in the Midlands – as part of an ambitious programme to create a new ‘aviation academy’, linked to RAF Cosford.

Mr Guest said: “The need for a new approach to aviation skills has grown out of a realisation that the aviation industry in the UK is facing strong growth, both in a civil and defence capacity. We need to develop talent for a growing industry by engaging individuals, businesses, trainers, educators, and government to ensure people with the right skills are available for the right jobs.

“Although the aviation sector enjoys high levels of engagement with the general public, few follow up their enthusiasm for the industry by pursuing an associated career pathway. The specialist nature of aviation professions means talent and disposition must be identified early - with channels into the industry clearly signposted.

“The gaps in these pathways, and in the early identification of appropriate people, has led to significant skills shortages, which are forecast to worsen as aviation expands. We are excited about the prospects which our new Telford College courses can open up for a fresh generation of aviation engineers.”

The Aviation Skills Partnership (ASP) set out an aviation skills manifesto in 2016, seeking to ensure a legacy of a well-trained workforce to supply the national and international markets. Work commenced on creating an inclusive and collaborative charter, reaching out to all industry groups and looking to re-align the relationship between aviation and aerospace, civil and military, large and small.

John Ponsonby OBE, chairman of ASP, 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.

“Our aim in launching this charter is to build on the industry success to date and to increase our collaboration and co-operation. It is a fundamental pillar in our new approach and we look forward to working with the industry to deliver on its five areas.”

Former RAF Cosford instructor Robert Lees, who is leading the Telford College aviation engineering courses, said: “Some people might think this is a niche sector to be in, and that you have to live near an airport. But for every aircraft that is flying, there are hundreds of companies that need to be properly staffed, to keep them in the air.

“So although this kind of qualification will certainly allow you to work in an airport, that’s just a small part of it – it will also give you a road into a much wider aviation industry support network.”

Pictured: Graham Guest and Janet Stephens at the Cranfield University charter launch event


Technical courses launched for furloughed staff

Apprentices and employees have chance to learn new skills

7th August 2020

Maths and English training on the menu

Food manufacturer joins forces with Telford College

30th October 2019

First adult group returns to college

Students recommence crucial training

6th July 2020

Chamber welcomes skills for jobs campaign

White paper recognises crucial links between business and education

21st January 2021

Inspiration for young engineers and scientists

Challenge day helps develop STEM skils

8th November 2019

Marches LEP praised for skills work

New report sets out ambitious blueprint for the future

14th June 2021

Apprentices help to keep highways in shape

New generation of employees are training at Telford College

10th February 2021

New opportunities for students in Telford

College opens satellite site for students with special educational needs

2nd October 2020

Driver training will continue after contract renewal

Educational driving experts win new deal

2nd March 2020

College expands into station quarter

Maths and digital courses will be delivered at new base

30th November 2020

Energy pioneer wins vital funding

Scheme will bring batteries back to life

11th December 2020

Tennis injury leads to new career

Student prepares for next part of academic journey

17th May 2021

Golden career opportunity for Sam

Engineering student is promised subsidised studies and full-time job

17th June 2021

Filtermist invests in skills training

Employees will receive minimum of 50 hours of training per year

10th June 2019

Taking a leap into management

Expert advice on offer at free event

28th June 2019