Funds for Newcastle Aviation Academy

The Newcastle Aviation Academy is to receive £3.2m from RDA One NorthEast toward expanding its facilities

The NewcastleAviationAcademy, established to create a new generation of skilled engineers in the north east, is to receive £3.2m from RDA One NorthEast toward expanding its facilities.

Launched in 2003, the academy provides students in the north east with world-class training and qualifications. Work will start on the expansion now the application for £1.69m worth of investment from One NorthEast, via the TyneWear Partnership, has been successful. The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) North East, which is a key partner in the academy, also provided funding along with NewcastleCollege.

The current AviationAcademy is based over two sites, an Aeronautical Engineering workshop at NewcastleCollege and an aircraft hanger in NewcastleInternationalAirport, which includes a HS125 and a fully functional Boeing 737 aircraft on site.

The expansion will create a regional facility and ‘one stop shop’ for aviation training as well as a further 1500 sq metres of training space, which will include an additional hanger for refurbishment. This will enable NewcastleCollege to relocate all aviation training from the Ryehill Campus, creating additional space there for process industry study.

Margaret Fay, chairman of One NorthEast, said: ‘Offering aviation engineering skills will provide learners with transferable generic engineering knowledge that can be shifted to other engineering careers, which will be a tremendous skills boost for the north east.’

Chris Roberts, regional director, of LSC North East, said: ‘The aviation business is booming and here in the north east we are taking full advantage of this by ensuring that young people and adults can gain the skills and qualifications they need to enable them to get jobs in the industry. As well as providing skilled workers, the academy also acts as a magnet in attracting business to the region, boosting the region’s economy.’