Skypath Aero Training Centre
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The new Skypath Aero Training Centre is now open at Prestwick Aerospace Campus – Scotland’s largest aerospace hub and home to over 50% of Scotland’s aerospace workforce.

Through the Ayrshire Growth Deal, £80million is being invested at Prestwick, positioning Ayrshire as one of the UK’s leading centres for aerospace and space. Already recognised globally for excellence in MRO (Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul), aero structures and design engineering, Prestwick’s aerospace capabilities now also include the fast-growing area of aircraft decommissioning.

A new training course is being offered free of charge to unemployed people and those under threat of redundancy to gain new skills in this area.

AIRCRAFT DECOMMISSIONING PATHWAY

Delivered by Ayrshire College, in partnership with Chevron Aircraft Maintenance

6 week training course (full-time)

AIRCRAFT DECOMMISSIONING PATHWAY

Delivered by Ayrshire College, in partnership with Chevron Aircraft Maintence

6 week training course (full-time)

Who this course is for

Aircraft Decommissioning Pathway is for people who are looking to pursue a career in the aerospace industry or return to education. Priority will be given to those who:

  • Are worried about job security OR have been made redundant and want to find new employment in the aerospace industry.
  • Are over 25 years of age.
  • Are keen to develop new skills in the fast-growing aircraft decommissioning sector.

What it’s all about

This is a short-term programme aimed at providing people with valuable skills in aircraft decommissioning to improve their employment prospects. The course has been developed to meet the growing industry demand for people with the right skills in this rapidly expanding area.

The process of ‘decommissioning’ involves disassembling and dismantling an ageing aircraft which has been withdrawn from operational service. Up to 90% of an aircraft’s components may be recycled for use on other aircraft, or made available for use in another market, meaning decommissioning has important implications for the environment, as well as the economy.

The course runs 5 days a week from 9am – 4pm, for up to six weeks.


Why it’s useful

This course will improve your employment prospects within the aerospace sector. You’ll learn about basic aircraft theory and develop the hand skills required to progress into a role working on an aircraft. A number of the practical modules are certified as EASA Part 147 Approved Aircraft Training, providing participants with industry recognised skill.

You’ll also use aircraft manuals and learn how to interpret engineering drawings, giving you the essential skills for multiple roles within the industry.

On completion, you’ll receive an Aircraft Decommissioning Pathways Certificate, confirming you’ve been ‘trained at Prestwick’ which is recognised across the wider aerospace industry.


Course leaders

Training is delivered by lecturers from Ayrshire College, supported by Chevron Aircraft Maintenance and other industry practitioners.

The course has been established through a training partnership between Ayrshire College, the University of Strathclyde and Chevron Aircraft Maintenance. Other partners include South Ayrshire Council and National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.


Course location

The course is delivered at the new Skypath Aero Training Centre, Unit 2B, Bravo Freight Centre, 1 McNee Road, Glasgow Prestwick Airport, KA9 2PB


Course dates

The provisional starting date for the next course is Monday 15th November 2021.


Cost

The course is provided free of charge to all participants. Support for travel may also be available.


Find out more

For more information, please see our FAQs

You can also email caroline@sky-path.org or call 01292 848 880


How to apply

If you’re interested in registering for this course please contact your DWP work coach who will support your application.

Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis, so don’t delay!

Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis, so don’t delay!

How to recruit

If you’re interested in employing any of the trainees on this course, please contact training@sky-path.org


Skypath Aero Training Centre has been established through a training partnership between Ayrshire College, the University of Strathclyde and Chevron Aircraft Maintenance. Other partners include South Ayrshire Council and National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.

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University of Strathclyde Glasgow
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Funded by Scottish Funding Council

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