Boost for UK aerospace skills

03 Mar 2017

Engineering capacity news posted by Andy Sandford

In-Comm Training has been chosen to help deliver a major boost to skills in the UK aerospace sector.

The training provider, which operates academies in Aldridge and Shrewsbury, has become part of a £320,000 EU-funded Erasmus+ AEERO (Aerospace Engineering ECVET Resources Online) project that will aim to create a suite of interactive online training resources.

“There has been a 30% productivity growth in the aerospace sector in the last five years, but there is a lack of vocational training on offer to ensure that skills are relevant and up to date,” said Gareth Jones, managing director at In-Comm Training.

He added: “The creation of a suite of online training resources, which will feature input from industry leaders, will support the vocational skills required by engineers across the EU aerospace industry, from supply chain development through to preventative and breakdown maintenance.”

The University of Wolverhampton secured the money for the collaboration and now working alongside In-Comm Training, a number of local manufacturers and partner organisations in Portugal and Italy.

It will aim to provide bespoke training skills and personal development opportunities to meet future demand for what is expected to be unparalleled growth in the aerospace sector.

Sam Hope, dean of the School of Art at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We will be working closely with partners to develop a shared, digital learning platform which is designed to meet user needs and will be made up of easily accessible, media-rich learning materials and resources.”

He concluded: “The learning resource will be available in English, Italian and Portuguese – three key languages in the global aerospace industry.”

In-Comm Training has also recently invested heavily in its Aldridge academy and been named as one of the partners in the Marches Centre of Manufacturing & Technology (MCMT) which is due to open in Bridgnorth in the Summer.

It company has also strengthened its partnership with Salop Design & Engineering, with a joint investment of £200,000 into facilities at the Shrewsbury academy, creating 40 new apprenticeship places in the process.