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Lift off for space and air project

Posted onPosted on 8th Mar

Newark’s new International Air & Space Training Institute (IASTI)® is now accepting applications for its September 2021 intake.
The announcement was made at the project launch where the RAF signed up as an official partner.

Guests included the Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick; Midlands Engine chairman Sir John Peace; Newark Towns Fund chairmen Tom Cartledge and Coun David Lloyd; and RAF Air Marshal Andrew Turner.

IASTI® (Newark) project leaders also revealed late-stage talks with further major global industry partners.

School-leavers can now apply for pilot, engineering and ground-crew courses designed with industry to fit job roles in the air and space sector, starting in September.

Lincoln College Group chief executive Gary Headland said: “We are thrilled that we have secured a world-class partner in the Royal Air Force and we’re very excited to be in late-stage talks with other very significant aviation industry partners.

“Midlands school-leavers will benefit from industry-designed courses from level-three through to degree-level, enabling them to enter the aviation industry fully qualified as commercial and military pilots, engineers and ground crew.

“Our IASTI degree courses will draw students from all over the UK to live and study in and around Newark, continuing the economic regeneration of the town and the region.

“This ground-breaking new approach to training in the sector will dramatically widen participation, opening up highly skilled, exciting and lucrative careers to people from all backgrounds.”

In August last year the multi-million-pound IASTI® project was selected by Newark Towns Fund Board to go forward for funding as part of the Town Investment Plan and a key project in Newark’s Towns Fund Bid.

In March it was announced that Newark had been allocated its full £25m request from the Government’s Towns Fund initiative, which paves the way for building work to start on IASTI® Newark, which is likely to start in 2022, with the building being opened in 2023.

IASTI® Newark is the first of a national network to open and advanced talks are underway for more in other parts of the UK.