Aviation Skills Partnership has opened the doors of the brand-new International Aviation Academy – Norwich (IAA-N). The academy is now in operation, students are attending, courses are running, and the facilities are in use.
The occasion of the opening was marked by a VIP event with partners from across the industry in attendance. ASP CEO Simon Witts talked about the academy’s development and the bright future of both the building and its students and following the speeches, there was a short ribbon cutting ceremony.
The IAA-N is just the first of around a dozen academies that ASP plan to open around the UK. It is described by ASP as a unique collaboration of employers, trainers, educators, funding bodies, government, industry, students and delegates. Training will include courses for professional pilots, engineers, air traffic controllers, operations personnel and cabin crew.
ASP say that the Norwich academy has created a unique and original real world learning environment that will allow the students to experience the aviation industry. Facilities include a full size operational aeroplane for unrivalled accuracy in aviation simulations, a helicopter will also be arriving in due course. ASP expect the academy to welcome a broad range of local, national and international students and delegates, and to raise the standards of learning within the aviation industry.
One of the mainstream programmes within the Academy will see up to 80 new aviation engineers being trained per year, they will start training at the age of 16. Across this and other courses, ASP expect a typical year to see 450 people being trained for local, national and international aviation jobs. The academy will also connect with local schools, colleges and universities, creating opportunities for children as young as eight to link with the academy.
More details on the Norwich academy can be found at: www. iaa-norwich.com