Humberside Airport training base opens

Published: Friday 30th October 2015 by The News Editor

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Humberside Airport is now officially home to a new academy for training apprentices in how to maintain fighter jets.

The £5 million centre will instruct 60 apprentice aircraft maintenance operatives every year. Around a quarter of these will come from Scunthorpe’s Humber University Technical College.

The aim is to equip them with the skills to work on airforce bases throughout the world.

It is hoped the BAE Systems-run scheme will create over 150 jobs between now and 2018, according to the BBC.

The defence giant’s aircraft maintenance academy head, David Talbot describes the new centre as “world-class”.

Mr Talbot paid tribute to the effort that went into opening the project by partners such as Nightel, North Lincolnshire Council, The Resource Group and the airport itself.

Humberside Airport managing director Deborah Zost says the new facility will bolster its links with the area’s education and business sectors.

She is wishing the first batch of new apprentices good luck in advance and eagerly anticipates their arrival.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Friday 30th October 2015 by The News Editor

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