Flybe's academy gains cash take-off

11th September 2009 at 01:00

An employer-led training centre for the airline industry is to receive pound;4.3 million from the Learning and Skills Council's Capital Specialisation Fund.

The training academy, run by airline Flybe out of Exeter Airport, will run courses for aviation industry covering aircraft maintenance, cabin crew, pilots, customer care and other related travel skills. Flybe works closely with Exeter College and Exeter University.

Flybe, an accredited vocational awarding body, aims to equip learners with a recognised qualification which can be transferred between airline companies, rather than staff retraining each time they change jobs.

An additional pound;2.8 million will come from the South West Regional Development Agency which said that the academy would create 200 jobs.

The investment was announced by the further education and skills minister Kevin Brennan on Wednesday. Mr Brennan also announced a new training centre, based in Waltham Forest, London, to support the construction industry, including projects such as the London 2012 Olympic site. The centre receives pound;5.9 million from the LSC and will be run by the National Skills Academy for Construction.

Mr Brennan said: "The opportunities these centres offer will not only benefit learners in the long-term but will help address unemployment and provide the skills needed to work on major engineering and construction projects."

Geoff Russell, the LSC's chief executive, said: "I am particularly impressed by the very high level of partnership work by public agencies and private companies with the foresight and commitment to create innovative, cost-effective new facilities."

Jim French, Flybe's chairman amp; chief executive, said: "Now this is secured, we can finally go ahead with fulfilling our commitment to the region by building our world-class training facility here in Exeter."

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now