IMechE and BA to develop and train engineers and technicians

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The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and British Airways are to work together to support the development and training of engineers.

According to a statement, the Letter of Intent, signed on Thursday 1 August, agrees for both organisation to cooperate to ensure the sustainable growth and technological advancement of the aviation industry.

This Letter of Intent outlines how the Learning and Development unit of the Institution and British Airways can work together to fulfil their joint aims.

Particular focus will be given to the provision of quality, industry leading learning and development for aviation technicians and engineers in the commercial airline industry.

The Letter of Intent was signed by Isobel Pollock, past President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and Andy Kerswill, director of Engineering from BA plc, at a ceremony at the BA Headquarters in Heathrow.

In a statement Prof Isobel Pollock said, ‘This Letter of Intent helps ensure that British Airways, and the UK more generally, remains at the very forefront of aircraft engineering.

‘It is through developing engineering skills that we will see sustainable growth in the aviation industry and the benefit of innovation.’

Keith Rose, General Manager of Quality and Training Services, said, ‘This clearly shows our commitment to the growth of talent within this sector and builds upon our accredited apprenticeship programme, which is now in its third successful year.