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Newark's International Air and Space and Training Institute (IASTI) education and training to be led by industry experts

Education and training at the country’s first air and space institute — opening in Newark in September — will be delivered by industry experts with years of flying and aircraft engineering experience.

Leading the International Air and Space and Training Institute (IASTI) team is Jim Guthrie, who has a significant background in further education and a completed, distinguished career as a Royal Air Force engineer.

His wealth of knowledge will be invaluable in driving IASTI Newark forward.

Head of IASTI Newark Ross Tarnowski, team leader Jim Guthrie and lecturer Sam Illsley.
Head of IASTI Newark Ross Tarnowski, team leader Jim Guthrie and lecturer Sam Illsley.

Jim said: “IASTI Newark is the first major aerospace training institute for the UK. The infrastructure and sheer scale of the project is huge.

“This, along with the pilot and engineer pathways we are running in year one, will help learners aspire to whatever they want to be in the future.

“Students can expect a great deal of professionalism, strong links to aviation and aerospace industries and first-class teaching during their time here.

IASTI Newark (44886306)
IASTI Newark (44886306)

“As they go through the programme, there will also be trips and training experiences with various companies and establishments all over the UK.”

Joining the IASTI Newark crew as a lecturer in pilot operations is Sam Illsley.

Sam is new to the world of further education but has a fantastic skill set, having completed his qualifications and trained to qualify as a commercial pilot with Virgin Atlantic.

Before that, Sam completed an apprenticeship as an aircraft engineer and brings to the role a story and skill set to support IASTI Newark students.

An artist's impression of the IASTI.
An artist's impression of the IASTI.

“I’m really looking forward to working with people who want to go down a similar route to myself and bringing my recent experience within a training environment to help them,” he said.

Also due to come on board is aircraft engineering lecturer Paul Routledge. He holds a wealth of experience in this sector, having also completed a career as an RAF engineer and, most recently, as a training specialist with Northrop Grumman.

Head of IASTI Newark Ross Tarnowski said students had an incredible opportunity to learn from the industry insight and experience of their lecturers.

To future students, he said: “Our staff are highly skilled experts in their field, so don’t be afraid to ask the lecturers questions. That’s what they are here for; to help learners with their learning journey and, hopefully, onwards in to the aviation and aerospace industry.”

IASTI Newark has now launched a level two feeder course for people who don’t meet entry requirements for level three, but wish to progress on this qualification.

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