Plans for a pioneering Biggin Hill Aerospace & Technology College, costing £12 million are set to become a reality with Greater London Authority providing major funding.
The pioneering college will address the current and future shortage of trained aerospace engineers and will train the next generation of mechanical, electronic and servicing engineers as well as technicians and ground crew professionals.
Commenting on the Biggin Hill Aerospace & Technology College initiative, Jules Pipe, London’s deputy mayor for planning, regeneration and skills said: “The Mayor and I are committed to helping Londoners gain the skills that the capital’s businesses need. It’s vital that we tackle the skills gap in the aviation industry and the London Aerospace and Technology College at Biggin Hill Airport will help keep London at the cutting edge of aviation technology.”
Andrew Walters, the chairman of London Biggin Hill said: “We’ve been working closely with the Greater London Authority, the London Borough of Bromley, and London South East Colleges to create a state-of-the-art facility that will give students unique insight into their future careers by training on site at the airport. Following a promise made three years ago and the introduction of our extended opening hours, I am delighted to see this project come to fruition.”
The newly constructed college will offer up to 250 places for aerospace students when it opens in September 2019, expanding to over 750 by 2022. A large range of specialities will be covered, including routes into Aerospace Engineering. There will be a number of other aviation pathways offered, inlcuding Cabin Crew and Aviation Operations.
Biggin Hill is the fastest growing business aviation airport in Europe, based just 12 miles from London City Centre offering award-winning VIP handling, a range of FBO’s, extensive hangerage, support and maintenance services for all ranges of business jets.