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Resource Group supports LRTT to deliver maintenance apprenticeships to Newquay Cornwall Airport

Resource Group supports LRTT to deliver maintenance apprenticeships to Newquay Cornwall Airport
Resource Group will be supporting Newquay Cornwall Airport with the training of maintenance engineers through an Advanced Apprenticeship being launched in May 2011.
Resource Group are working with Lufthansa Resource Technical Training (LRTT), a joint venture company formed in 2003 between Resource Group and Lufthansa Technical Training, to train aircraft maintenance technicians to sustain the growth of Newquay Cornwall Airport. LRTT is an EASA Part 147 approved maintenance training organisation and the apprentices will be receiving globally recognised industry qualifications. After a 2 year programme the apprentices will be qualified EASA Part 66 Category A which will allow them to certify maintenance tasks on commercial aircraft.
The core apprenticeship is being funded through A4Es National Apprenticeship Agreement with the Skills Funding Agency.  Additional funding is being contributed through the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly ESF Convergence Programme.  The selection process for apprentices will be starting in Cornwall from the beginning of March.
The apprenticeship programme will start with 23 days training provided on site at Newquay Cornwall Airport, the remainder of the 8 months training will take place at LRTTs purpose built state of the art training centre at the Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire. This will be followed by 16 months vocational work experience coordinated by Resource Group.
Resource Group has been working with large aircraft maintenance organisations across Europe for the past 20 years and is well positioned to support Newquay Cornwall Airport in the placement of apprentices within these maintenance organisations.
Ian Fitzpatrick, General Manager of LRTT comments. Since our first involvement with Newquay Cornwall Airport in 2009 we have been examining ways by which we could bring our EASA Part 147 and apprentice training expertise to Cornwall. As a South West Regional organisation, we are delighted to be delivering this project and actively contributing to the expansion of the regional skills base. This should prove to be a major contributing factor in support of the airports ambition to attract MRO businesses.
John Larkin, Managing Director of Resource Group comments. The Aerospace market is suffering from a reduction of available skills and we recognise the growing importance of the need to replenish the labour pool with the appropriate skills to ensure aircraft maintenance continues in the UK. We are passionate about aviation and as such are committed to ensuring the future of skilled maintenance personnel as best we can. We look forward to working with Newquay Cornwall Airport to support this programme.
Al Titterington, Newquay Cornwall Airports Managing Director said: With the aerospace industry in need of more highly skilled labour, it is a fantastic opportunity for the Airport to support such an initiative which will benefit the airport and community in the future
Mark Williams, Skills Funding Agency comments. The Skills Funding Agency is investing significant funds aimed at growing the Apprenticeship opportunities available in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.  Through the co-ordinating role of Newquay for Excellence Training we have been able to work in partnership with the airport team, LRTT, the Resource Group and their partners, to create and support a hugely exciting Apprenticeship programme for Cornish people.  These 12 jobs have been made possible through the investment of the Skills Funding Agencys ESF Convergence funding through the Cornwall Clusters project and the flagship Apprenticeship programme, alongside the innovative approach of the business partners.  The Agency aims to continue to support the development of Apprenticeship programmes that are responsive to the growth needs of Cornwall and hope this innovative approach will help these 12 Apprentices launch successful careers in the aviation industry.
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Convergence Partnership Office for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said, apprenticeships work for both the individual developing skills and knowledge, opening doors to a better future - and for business tapping into new talent in the workforce.  This ESF Convergence investment is doing just that at Newquay Cornwall Airport, which is rapidly becoming a key asset in our local economy. 
John Chudley, South West Regional Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, said, this programme is a good example of how apprenticeships can be used to foster our own local talent in Cornwall enabling employers to get employees with exactly the right skills and real loyalty for their business.
Newquay for Excellence Training (NFET) who are providing the local link between the Lufthansa Resource Technical Training (LRTT) and the ESF Convergence Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly,  said, we are absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to work with such prestigious aviation organisations.  This is an exciting development for the Airport and for the whole County.


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