Posted on: 20 April 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Flybe has celebrated the opening of its multi-million pound Training Academy at Exeter International Airport, with the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, performing the official duties.
The state-of-the art building, costing £11.9 million to construct, features 26 classrooms and incorporates a flight simulator complex, an integrated apprentice workshop and cabin door trainer, all of which contribute to increasing the wide range of training opportunities available to third party customers.
The Flybe Training Academy provides a world-class training facility, helping to enhance the airline’s growing reputation as an internationally respected training provider for the airline industry as a whole. The academy offers with a wide range of courses for pilot, technical, cabin crew, customer service and aviation support. It also offers an increasingly comprehensive range of specialist non-aviation training for companies involved across the entire travel-related spectrum.
“The academy’s successful completion and auspicious opening marks not only our ability to consolidate all our training in one place but also a key milestone for skills development in the southwest [of England],” declared Jim French, Flybe’s chairman and chief executive. “None of this would have been possible without the committed and ongoing support of our funding and academic partners represented here today.
“Flybe’s investment into training and skills development reflects a commitment that is very close to my heart and that is a necessary component to the sustainable development of our company and staff,” French added. “In today’s competitive global economy, this is absolutely vital to the creation, development and retention of a highly skilled private sector workforce.”
Photo: The UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne (right), officially opens the Flybe Training Academy with Jim French (centre) and Hugo Swire, Minister of State for Northern Ireland and MP for East Devon, the constituency in which Exeter sits.