Newcastle International Airport and the Newcastle College Aviation Academy have hosted a visit from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).
BIS is the UK government department responsible for driving balanced and sustainable growth.
Through its Outreach programme, BIS encourages its employees to spend time with and learn from the people and organisations affected by government policies.
The group of eight members of staff visited the airport to find out more about the wide range of training options on offer across the site.
The guests saw where training takes place at the Newcastle College Aviation Academy, located at the airport and at the Newcastle Airport Fire Training Academy, and they were also able to experience Newcastle’s state-of-the-art Emirates Air Traffic Control Tower.
Andy Stephenson, director of the school of construction, engineering and science at Newcastle College, said: “We very much welcomed the opportunity to host the team from BIS and to demonstrate how our strong partnership with Newcastle International Airport is helping to revitalise the aviation industry in the North East. “Developing high quality training and skills is vital to support future growth across the aviation and engineering sectors.
“Working with employers like the airport, our aim is to provide opportunities for young people to build long term careers and gain the skills that we know employers desperately need.”
Sue Houston, OBE, business relationship manager, BIS YHNE, said: “Our Outreach programme visits help us build relationships and enhance our understanding of those whom our policies affect so we understand their specific interests.
“Ideally, closer and more effective joint working will result and what we learn can be fed in to evidence-based policy-making.
“We have been treated to a unique opportunity to see the collaboration between Newcastle College, through their Aviation Academy, and Newcastle International Airport.
“My colleagues and I were interested to understand how the college and airport met the business needs of the sector.
“This visit gave us tremendous insight into ways in which the college and Newcastle Airport develop and deliver training together offering students, and potential students from schools, a range of qualifications leading to jobs across the sector.
“Which other college has a team led by a former Red Arrows pilot, himself a highly skilled trained engineer, and sits within an airport which provides fire and rescue training at an international level?”