Business leaders, MPs, academics, educators, trainers and academics will gather on Monday evening at the House of Commons to launch Aviation Skills Partnership’s (ASP) first Manifesto for Aviation Skills, which will aim to provide solutions to the issue of how to supply enough talented skilled workers for the growing industry. This event coincides with the third birthday of ASP who have worked over their first years to transform the approach to aviation skills.

The need for a Manifesto for 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. There is a clear and defined 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 there is a missed opportunity in that enthusiasm is often not channelled into working towards a career in the industry. The specialist nature of many of the roles in aviation requires that talent or disposition is identified early and that channels into the industry are clearly signposted.The gaps in these pathways and in the early identification of appropriate people has led to skills shortages. ASP’s manifesto sets out a plan to ensure a legacy of a well-trained workforce to supply the national and international market.

Chloe Smith, the MP for Norwich North who is sponsoring the House of Commons event said:

"As Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Employment, the opportunities for young people are at the top of my agenda. The country’s first International Aviation Academy has been located in my constituency, contributing to the future economy of the whole region. It will provide excellent opportunities for local young people and for the firms who seek their talent. It is nationally and internationally notable and I am pleased to play a role in ensuring that the whole of the UK gets behind this exciting new project".

Chloe Smith MP and Phillip Dunne Minister for Defence Procurement, will be speaking on the night. Leading employers, educators, , as well as employers such as British Airways, Virgin, Easyjet and KLM UK engineering will be present for the for the launch of the manifesto and for the presentation of the first Aviation Skills Awards for industry, recognising the achievements of those already in the industry.

Simon Witts, Founder & Chief Executive of Aviation Skills Partnership (ASP) said:

“I have long held the view that 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. I have benefited hugely from this over my successful career to date. My aim, in launching this manifesto, is to build on the industry success to date and add in the work that we have carried out since our formation in 2013 to produce a coherent and comprehensive set of objectives on which to deliver. We have a unique position as a nation on which to build this - and so we shall.”

Penny Power, OBE, Member of the Advisory Board of ASP said:

“When I launched my Digital Business Britain manifesto for a change in business mindset in 2011, I set out to create economic growth through digital awareness and provision of skills. I sought to do this by ensuring that businesses could access the skills and could plan and execute their digital strategy at Board level through to senior and middle management. When Simon asked me to join his Advisory Board of Aviation Skills Partnership in 2015 and assist with the launch of a similar plan in the aviation skills arena, I enthusiastically agreed ! This manifesto offers people of all ages, genders and from all areas the chance to join this exciting, dynamic and much-needed industry.”