Potential for academy

The Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) is to support a feasibility study to investigate the potential for an Aerospace Skills Academy in the region.

The study, aimed at addressing the need for high-tech skills in the aerospace sector, will be co-ordinated by the North West Aerospace Alliance (NWAA), which is already conducting a pioneering Aerospace Supply Chain Development programme on behalf of the NWDA.

NWDA chief executive Steven Broomhead revealed that the agency would support the study to explore the concept and that a dedicated skills training facility for the aerospace sector could be the way forward in addressing the future needs of the industry.

The comments were made at the Alliance’s first aerospace supply chain summit held at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton.