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RAF to partner in Newark’s new International Air & Space Training Institute (IASTI)

Newark’s new International Air & Space Training Institute (IASTI) is now accepting applications for its September 2021 intake, just days after funding was agreed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in his budget.

The announcement was made at the project launch today where the RAF signed up as an official partner.

Guests included the Secretary of State for Housing Communities and Local Government and Newark MP Robert Jenrick, Midlands Engine chairman Sir John Peace, Newark Towns Fund Chairmen Tom Cartledge and David Lloyd, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, and RAF Air Marshal Andrew Turner.

An artist's impression of the IASTI. (44833808)
An artist's impression of the IASTI. (44833808)

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.

IASTI Newark (44886306)
IASTI Newark (44886306)

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.

On Wednesday, 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.

CEO of independent aviation consultancy Aviation 360, Simon Witts, who created the IASTI® was also a guest at the launch.

He said: “Thanks to the excellent working partnership with Lincoln College Group we have been able to progress with establishing similar IASTIs around the country.

“But IASTI Newark is, and always will be the first, which sets the standard for the others to follow.”

IASTI® (Newark) will deliver education and training co-designed with industry to fit career pathways in world-class facilities and students will be trained utilising the latest equipment with expert tutors.

It will produce highly skilled pilots, engineers and ground crew to plug skills and capacity gaps, facilitating the post-pandemic surge in the aviation sector, which is expected in the next 18-months.

The sector is also undergoing a period of innovation, investment and transformation to hit net-zero carbon emissions targets and students will be immersed sustainable aviation developments as part of their courses.

Air Commodore Simon Harper said: “The RAF has enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Lincoln College Group through the Air and Defence Career College.

“We are fully behind the development of the International Air and Space Training Institute as it launches this year and will continue to work alongside civil aviation partners and Lincoln College Group to shape the next generation of aviation training.”

Tom Cartledge said: “IASTI® (Newark), along with eight other catalyst projects approved for funding under the Government’s Towns Fund initiative, mark an important step in the journey to transform the lives of the current and future generations of Newark residents.

“I am excited to see this ambition fulfilled and look forward to seeing Newark’s Town Fund Bid come to life in Newark.”eeds of this sector and will encourage operational design and planning to meet ever more stringent environmental targets.

IASTI-Newark will utilise and create facilities that will reflect the required industry, education and training and regulatory requirements to deliver the suitably skilled and qualified people as ‘job-ready’.

This will be done in two stages:

Stage 1 (September 2021) – the existing Newark College site in Newark will be used to deliver core and basic skills engineering training to initially feed BTEC and later planned T Level requirements with indus try endorsement, equipment, partnership and investment.

Stage 2 (September 2022/2023) – planning and development of a new Newark site for innovative integrated training and higher education provision to enable the delivery of additional required training elements and increased volumes.

These will be linked to ‘finishing school’ on-airport/base facilities as required bringing East Midlands, Doncaster, Sheffield, RAF bases and Syerston into scope, as required, for formal work placements and employment.

Students can visit the website https://iasti-newark.co.uk/ to express an interest now.

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