Aviation Skills Partnership have received and closed nominations for the inaugural rotorcraft Aviation Skills Awards which will be presented in the Learning and Skills Zone theatre at Helitech at Excel London on 7 October 2015.

The awards, the first of their type in the industry, have been created by Aviation Skills Partnership and supported by one of its partners, Inspiring the Future. They showcase and recognise achievements of individuals, businesses and organisations who are able to demonstrate the exceptional attainment, development and promotion of skills in the Aviation and Rotorcraft sector. 

The independent judging panel are experts in the rotorcraft industry and include: 

Mike O'Donoghue CBE FRAeS - Chair of Panel

Elisabetta Dalla Benetta - Executive Director and SESAR Contribution Manager, European Helicopter Association (EHA)

Peter Norton - Chief Executive British Helicopter Association

Rick Newson - CAA

Diana Green - Davy CBE DL,Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive (retired) Sheffield Hallam University

Jeremy Graham - Chief Safety and Airworthiness Engineer AgustaWestland

The awards will be presented in 4 key categories:

• Rotorcraft Skills Young Person of the Year 2015 - 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 2015 - 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 2015 - 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 2015 - 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. 

Simon Witts founder and CEO of the Aviation Skills Partnership says: "We have been impressed by the quality and demonstrable commitment of the people and organisations that have been put forward for these inaugural awards. We believe that the awards will become the most visible way for industry to recognise and reward their commitment to developing skills in the sector"