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 For Release 15th January 2019 

 The Aviation and Aerospace industry continues to face significant skills shortages. With the number of aircraft in service set to double by 2030 and airport expansion plans, the requirement for skilled people to support the industry is pressing and immediate. In a bold new initiative, Aviation Skills Partnership (ASP) and Cranfield University have agreed to launch a plan an International Aviation Academy® on the Airport site, part of the growing Campus. The collaboration between ASP and Cranfield will inspire people to develop their careers in the sector and connect them with job opportunities in this high-technology, class-leading industry. 


Building on its world-first Academy at Norwich, and the already announced plans for Academies including those at RAF Syerston and RAF Cosford under the RAF100 Inspire legacy, ASP has been working with partners to ensure that the region can offer people the training they need to meet the growing demand globally for a broad range of aviation skills. 


Cranfield University is exclusively postgraduate and a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management. It is home to many world-class, large-scale facilities including an airport with airline status - the only University based at an airport (and an iconic location to many in the industry) with exciting growth plans already announced.


Aviation Skills Partnership (ASP) was established in 2013 to identify, create, develop and implement the skills solutions that the aviation industry needs, in partnership with training organisations, employers, educators, and potential new or existing employees. ASP is dedicated to improving career opportunities across the six areas of aviation (Pilot, Air Traffic Control, Airport Operations, Operations & Crewing, Cabin Crew, and Engineering & Maintenance). 


The collaboration will see joint activities throughout ASP’s Pathways into Aviation delivered via a growing partnership and will be aimed at creating a skilled and motivated workforce. The initiatives will include industry-led Pathways and Programmes delivered at the growing campus. They will also enable people to be more aware of the careers available and then develop the academic, practical/industry and soft skills required through study and training programmes. It also allows employers of all sizes and nations to develop a structured approach to their talent pipeline. 


Professor Iain Gray, Director of Aerospace at Cranfield University said: "Cranfield has a long history in the development of future leaders in aerospace and aviation across the globe and has unique facilities to support research and teaching in these sectors. We are delighted to be announcing these plans with the Aviation Skills Partnership, building opportunities to foster innovation and helping to develop the next generation of leaders in the aviation sector.” 


Sir Christopher Coville KCB, Chairman of the ASP Strategy Board said, “I am immensely proud that we are able to announce our plans to bring an Academy to this world-class University on a historic RAF base. As a nation, we need to respond to the massive demand for aviation specialists and we are delighted to be collaborating further with Cranfield University, enabling us to deepen our links on a wide range of programmes that will help young people achieve their dream of a career in aviation and in this excellent industry. We hope, through this collaboration, to also expand further the range of training offered via the International Aviation and Aerospace Academies that we are developing in the UK and overseas.” 


About Aviation Skills Partnership 

Established in 2013, Aviation Skills Partnership (ASP) is transforming the approach to skills and career development in the aviation sector via its Aviation Skills Manifesto. Operating across the six areas of aviation (engineer, pilot, air traffic, airport operations, cabin crew, operations, planning & crewing) ASP design, develop and implement a range of solutions to suit the needs of the industry from first aspiration to CEO. 


The ASP team works at all levels to establish educational and skills pathways to develop people into aviation and those who are already working in the sector. Our team are dedicated to improving the education and training opportunities within the sector and establishing it as part of the wider aerospace community.


Aviation Skills Partnership: Tel: +44 (0)208 914 7816.


About Cranfield University 

Cranfield is an exclusively postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management. 


We are focused on the specialist themes of aerospace, defence and security, energy and power, environment and agrifood, manufacturing, transport systems, and water. The Cranfield School of Management is world leader in management education and research. 


We are home to many world-class, large-scale facilities which enhance our teaching and research. We are the only university in Europe to own and run an airport on campus and to have airline status. 


Cranfield teaches over 4,000 postgraduate students each year and employs 1,500 academic and support staff. We have the largest number of engineering and technology postgraduates in the UK and award four percent of the UK’s engineering and technology PhDs each year. 


Our staff-to-student ratio is one of the best for any university in the UK and the world (one member of academic staff to every five students). 


We work closely with business, industry and government across the world. Through our industry partnerships, applied research projects and our executive education and professional development programmes, we currently work with over 1,500 companies and organisations. 


We are ranked in the top five of UK universities for commercial research income, with 81% of our research classed as world-leading or internationally excellent by REF (Research Excellence Framework, 2014). 

We formed in 1946 as the College of Aeronautics, the first postgraduate college of its kind. The School of Management was founded in 1967.


Cranfield University media contact: Tel: +44(0)1234 754999 




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