Following its successful launch at Helitech International 2015, we will be taking the Learning & Skills Zone, managed by the Aviation Skills Partnership, to Amsterdam for this year’s Helitech International. We’re thrilled to once again be working with Europe’s leading business event for the rotorcraft industry, which features 200 businesses from all areas of the industry. This year, the event will take place on the 11th-13th October.

The Learning & Skills Zone exists to help young people access the rotorcraft industry. We will have experts giving advice on careers and education, as well as apprenticeships and other opportunities to learn in a working environment. The industry offers a huge variety of career opportunities, from piloting to engineering, and commercial flying to emergency services. We will actively promote vocational training, educational frameworks, and exciting career opportunities in all sectors of rotorcraft.

After holding the inaugural awards at last year’s event, we are also hosting the Rotorcraft Awards 2016 at Helitech International. The awards recognise the achievements of individuals, businesses and organisations who demonstrate exceptional development and promotion of skills in the Aviation and Rotorcraft sector. They are judged by an independent panel made up of experts from the rotorcraft industry.

John Hyde, Event Director of Helitech International, commented: “Helitech International brings together the global rotorcraft industry to help businesses and individuals make new connections and inspire the future of the industry. We are delighted to welcome back the Rotorcraft Awards as part of the Learning & Skills Zone at Helitech International 2016. With leading OEMs, operators, suppliers and visitors present at the show, there is no better backdrop to recognise excellence in the rotorcraft sector and showcase the achievements of both individuals and businesses within the sector.”

The awards are as follows:

Rotorcraft Skills Young Person of the Year 2016 - Awarded to a young person (under 25) who can demonstrate the impact that investing their skills and development has had on their career and life.

Rotorcraft Skills Provider of the Year 2016 - Awarded to a provider who can demonstrate how their aviation education and skills provision is having a positive impact on the skills of young people in the aviation sector.

Rotorcraft Skills Business of the Year 2016 - Awarded to the business or organisation who can demonstrate how their investment and commitment to supporting skills development in the aviation sector is having a positive impact on their business and the wider sector.

Rotorcraft Skills Coach/Mentor/Trainer/Teacher of the Year 2016 - Awarded to an individual from the further education sector who can demonstrate how their support for the sector is having a positive impact on the skills of young people and/or inspiring the next generation of young people to seek a career in the aviation sector.

Helitech International will run from 11-13 October 2016 at the RAI Amsterdam in the Netherlands. If you want up to keep to date with the latest news about Aviation Skills Partnership at Helitech International, you can visit attend our Facebook event by clicking here.