On Monday January 18th our event to announce the Manifesto for Aviation Skills and to celebrate the third Anniversary of Aviation Skills Partnership was held at the House of Commons. Aviation Skills Partnership invited MP’s, Training Providers, industry partners and various individuals. Over 150 attendees were registered from across all areas of aviation.

Following the announcement of our Manifesto, there were inspirational presentations from the MPs Chloe Smith and The Minister of Defence Procurement Phillip Dunne. These presentations were followed by Penny Power OBE and Simon Witts, the CEO and Founder of Aviation Skills Partnership. The Aviation Skills Awards completed the evening.

Andrew Perkins, Chair of the Independent Judging panel, led his team to choose the 2015 winners for the awards and announced the winners at the event. The award categories and shortlisted nominees were as follows, and credit should be given to each of the nominees, who were all very strong nominations for our inaugural Aviation Skills Awards (Fixed Wing).

Skills Provider of the Year 2015

CTC Aviation
Tayside Aviation
Defence College of Technical Training (DCTT)
City College Norwich
Middlesex University

Skills Business of the Year 2015

British Airways
KLM UK Engineering
Virgin Atlantic Airways

Skills Trainer/Teacher/Mentor of the Year 2015

Martin Hunt, CTC Aviation
Stuart Mackay, City College Norwich
Jim & Kate Watt, Tayside Aviation

Skills Young Person of the Year 2015

Steven Hadley
Anna McGrady
Mairi Lewis
James Craggs

Andrew was delighted to announce the winners and present their trophies. The winners were - CTC Aviation, KLM UK Engineering, Stuart Mackay and in the final category – joint winners – Steven Hadley and Anna McGrady for Skills Young Person of the year.

Simon Witts CEO and founder of Aviation Skills Partnership commented, “The Aviation Skills Awards shine a light on the individuals and businesses within aviation, focusing their energy on Skills, and provide recognition to the pioneering hard work in our industry”