26 FEBRUARY 2018
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Plans for a pioneering £12m aerospace and technology college at Biggin Hill Airport, in partnership with London South East colleges, are set to become a reality after the Greater London Authority (GLA) agreed to provide major funding.
Backers say the college will help to address a shortage of aerospace engineers and skills needs of the aviation industry by training the next generation of mechanical, electronic and service, technicians and ground crew.
London deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills Jules Pipe said: “It’s vital we tackle the skills gap in aviation and the London Aerospace and Technology College will help to keep London at the cutting edge of aviation technology.”
Biggin Hill chairman Andrew Walters added: “We have worked closely with the Greater London Authority, the London Borough of Bromley, and London South East Colleges to create a state-of-the-art facility to give students unique insight into their future careers by training on-site at the airport.
“With Biggin Hill the fastest-growing business aviation airport in Europe, our focus is on inspiring and training the aerospace industry professionals of tomorrow and we’re delighted our vision with this investment can now take flight.”
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