Representatives from North Lincolnshire Council, BAE Systems, Resource Group and other partners today signed the new BAE Systems Training Academy steel structure to signify their partnership work.

Geo. Houlton & Sons Ltd, the contractors building the BAE Sytems Training Academy at Humberside Airport organised the event to allow all the partners to put their mark on the Academy. These signatures are then buried within the building and will remain there for years to come, as long as the building stands.

The steel structure was signed by representatives from all partners involved in the project including North Lincolnshire Council, BAE Systems, Resource Group, Humberside Airport, Houlton, CR Parrott Consultants and Rider Levett Bucknall.

Apprentices from BAE Systems attended the ceremony to take a look at the progress of the new Training Academy. The two apprentices have finished the first year of their two-year apprenticeship and are currently undertaking a bolt-on flight line maintenance course before starting their NVQ on one of the RAF bases that BAE Systems operates from.

Work started in November 2014 to build the new Training Academy that will include a hanger, Hawk fighter jets, Dominie aircraft, classrooms and practical training workshops.

BAE Systems will take on 60 apprentices each year and they will complete their full apprenticeships at the BAE Systems Training Academy. The first cohort for the newly built Training Academy will be arriving in September.

Cllr Liz Redfern, Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“I am delighted to be involved in the steel signing ceremony as it highlights the fantastic partnership working between everyone involved in the project. This will give us all the opportunity to put our mark on the Training Academy.

“It is exciting to see the progression of the BAE Systems Training Academy at Humberside Airport. The Academy will provide invaluable opportunities for its apprentices, including working on the Hawk fighter jets and Dominie aircraft.

“BAE Systems has agreed to take on up to 15 students each year from the new Humber UTC in Scunthorpe that will specialise in engineering. These will be included in the 60 apprenticeship opportunities for the new Training Academy each year resulting in 150 jobs in the next three years.

“North Lincolnshire is definitely on the map as a place to do business with all the recent investment coming into the area. It’s a truly exciting time.”

Keith Gilson, Commercial Director from Houlton, said:

“There are so many positives about this project that it’s created great interest within the company; providing the building for a best in-class training facility, a new client for us in North Lincolnshire Council and the development of common purpose with all the stakeholders determined to make the project a success. We’re truly appreciative of the opportunity we have been given.”

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