The Aviation Skills Manifesto was launched in the House of Commons in 2016 with 7 key areas outlined below:-
Aviation Skills Partnership (ASP) held an ‘expressions of interest’ event on 13th June, outlining proposals for an ‘International Aerospace Academy’ to be created at RAF St Mawgan on the Treblezue site. It will provide integration of education, training and industry pathways for ASP’s six areas of aviation – pilot, air traffic, airport, operations, cabin crew and aviation engineering. It will provide pathways through school, college and university for all skills levels and for all job types. It will also cover the Aerospace and Space Sector.
Based on the needs of aviation employers locally, nationally and internationally, it will provide job-ready people with the right skills for the right jobs. It will integrate, feed and partner with other regional aviation locations including military and civil sites, whilst at the same time meeting the urgent national need to increase skills and competence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The vision is a complete fit with that of the region to grow levels at all levels, link people to real jobs and bring investment to the region through increasing the employer and trainee base.
The Aerospace Academy project will create a facility in a new building on the RAF St Mawgan site. This training room, workshop and Aviation Emulation Zone facility will initially focus on aviation and aerospace engineer training. Beyond this, the intention will be to increase the facility over time to incorporate a comprehensive training offering across the six areas of aviation as characterised by the Aviation Skills Partnership.
The capital construction and project cost of the initial stages of the Academy is estimated as £5-£15 million plus VAT including the fit-out of spaces to be initially occupied by the ‘anchor clients’. In addition, there is a cost of approximately £1 million for the supply of the aircraft for the Aviation Emulation Zone to be provided by industry (potentially a later stage).
Progress and next steps:-
- Land option secured
- Capital Funding to be secured
- Partner sign-up
- Planning Application
- Build planning
- Training development
- Open Doors! Planned for April 2020