Carol Vorderman, media personality and Royal Air Force Cadets ambassador officially opened the brand new Aviation Academy in Norwich on Saturday 5th August. Ms Voderman told the audience how excited she was that this facility has been created to offer opportunities to young people.
The Aviation Academy project marks the latest chapter in a long-standing relationship between R G Carter’s Drayton Office and Norwich International Airport that extends back ten years and more. This latest project has been brought into being by a core group of founding partners, including KLM UK Engineering, Norwich International Airport, Aviation Skills Partnership, City College Norwich, University of East Anglia, New Anglia LEP, Norwich City Council, Norfolk County Council and Broadland District Council.
The Academy will support 80 engineering apprenticeships per year, as well as degree-level and further and higher education courses in engineering, airport operations and cabin crew training, for hundreds of students. This new centre of excellence will be the first in the country to create a ‘real world’ learning environment that includes full size, operational aircraft.
Simon Witts, Chief Executive of Aviation Skills Partnership said: “We are immensely proud that we can launch the first of our planned Aviation Skills Hubs in Norwich, a City within a region that I believe offers exactly the right ingredients for a successful academy”.