A pioneering new aviation skills academy set up to train and teach Teesside University students has been officially launched.

Teesside International Airport has partnered with the University to develop the Teesside Aviation Skills Academy, with part of the airport’s terminal building transformed into a dedicated facility for degree-level training and learning.

Students are now using the new facility and a launch event for the Teesside Aviation Skills Academy was held on Thursday attended by Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, senior Teesside University leaders including Pro Vice-Chancellor Dr Warren Harrison and students.

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The academy will provide a base from which students can learn on-the-job skills across a range of airport functions including air traffic control, management and engineering.

It will offer aviation students an immersive learning experience that allows them to explore the intricate workings of an airport.

Students will be provided with access to key areas of Teesside International Airport’s operations, from ground handling and air traffic control, to food and beverage and service delivery.

The academy will provide training across six key areas: Engineering and Training; Pilot Training;  Cabin Crew Training; Drone Training; Net Zero and Sustainable Aviation; Management and Executive Education and students will be able to study a range of courses including Aviation and Tourism, Airline and Airport Management and Aviation Management.

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Mayor Houchen said: “It is fantastic that we have delivered this superb teaching facility which already providing students with opportunities to learn essential real-world skills at our award-winning airport.

“This partnership with Teesside University is the first of its kind being located in the airport terminal itself and shows how organisations can work together to deliver innovative projects that can bring huge benefits.”

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Acting Dean of Teesside University International Business School Dr Andrew Bingham said: “We are delighted to be working alongside the airport and Combined Authority to deliver such an innovative project which will add a whole new dimension to the student experience.

“We place students at the heart of everything we do, and the Aviation Skills Academy is a fantastic addition to the offer here at Teesside University International Business School. Head of Department for Finance, Performance Marketing at Teesside University International Business School Beverley Boden added: “There are so many exciting and diverse career opportunities within the aviation industry and this new facility ensures our students are provided with the practical skills and experience they need to flourish.

“The feedback so far has been fantastic and I am delighted to see the Aviation Skills Academy open and providing a wide range of benefits for our students.”