Business leaders and academics gathered tonight at Norwich castle for the unveiling of detailed plans for the first of a number of regional Aviation Academies, to be located in Norwich.
The new state of the art Aviation Academy will open its doors in late 2016. It will be located close to the airport terminal and will be equipped to provide training to 200-300 students at any given time; although engineering programmes for 16-18 year olds, that will eventually be delivered in the academy, have already started, from September 2014, at City College Norwich. The aim being to prepare either for further or higher education, or higher apprenticeships at the Academy.
The Engineering delivery will be entirely work-based and will incorporate an innovative work-based degree; BSc(Hons) Professional Aviation Engineering Practice subject to approved validation by University of East Anglia and delivered by City College Norwich in partnership with KLM UK Engineering. This has been developed with Aviation Skills Partnership’s unique work-based degree framework. The cabin crew and airport operations training programmes are industry-designed to create work-ready people for local, national and international roles. As a result the academy will attract local, national and international students.
The plans, originally unveiled in September 2013, are to create an Aviation Academy at Norwich Airport to provide a centre of excellence for education and skills training, delivered in partnership with the region’s employers, education groups and local authorities.
The Academy will be the first in the country to create a ‘real world’ learning environment that includes full size, working aircraft. It will focus on offering a broad education and skills training in aviation and will raise the standards of learning using innovative teaching techniques.
Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North said: "I am delighted that this Academy, in my constituency and contributing to the future economy of the whole region, is launching. It will provide excellent opportunities for local young people and for the firms who seek their talent. It is nationally and internationally notable and puts Norwich on the map. As the local MP I have supported the Academy throughout and I will continue to speak up in Parliament for this outstanding and exciting project."
Key skills and training programmes, that start from age 16, initially include Aviation Engineering, Cabin Crew and Airport Operations with other areas planned.
The cabin crew and airport operations training programmes are industry-designed to create work ready people for local, national and international roles. As a result the academy will attract local,national and international students.
It has been funded principally by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and Norfolk County Council. Contributing funding has also been received from Broadland District Council and Norwich City Council. The project is being delivered by Aviation Skills Partnership, Norse Group and WT Partnership.
Key clients for the building are KLM UK Engineering, City College Norwich, University of East Anglia and Norwich International Airport with a growing client base from the private and publicsector as the Academy goes live.
More courses will be announced shortly and enrolment details will be released in due course.