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Educating & Training the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals 

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We're aviation, education and training people!

The International Air & Space Training Institute (IASTI) concept came from Simon Witts, a 40 year aviation professional with experience across airlines, engineering, flight testing, certification, operations, education and training.

Created in 2020, IASTI is a team of committed professionals working with industry, educators, trainers and people to engage the next generation of aviation professionals. 

IASTI works with Project ENGAP, ENGAP UK and ENGAP Canada to face the Global Challenges of environmental sustainability, shortage of skilled people and keeping ahead of technology.

You can meet the team here.



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First IASTIs


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Our 5 stage IASTI process

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1. Consulting

We work with partners to create the rationale for an International Air & Space Training Institute (IASTI) in your region.

We create the outline and full business cases, funding options, partners, outline designs and costings.

In parallel, we work with industry and engage the next generation to be ready for the education and training to commence. 

The Journey

2. Customising versions of Pathways

We customise a version of our Master Pathways to suit the delivery requirements across the age ranges, three pathway elements and qualification outcomes - including sustainability throughout.

Broken down into theoretical knowledge, practical skills and core skills, each of our initial three pathways - engineering, ground operations and pilots - we fully embed industry-led training into the education system, including all of the regulatory elements. Details here.

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3. Creating the right outcomes

We work with our partners to create the right learning materials, trainers, equipment and facilities - turning the Pathway into reality.

Covering delivery in the classroom / training room, workshops, simulators / emulators, live training environments, we ensure that industry gets the people that it needs.


4. Engaging and Enrolling

We work with ENGAP UK and partners to identify who and how to recruit students to the Pathways, inspiring and engaging them by working with our industry Partners. 

Focusing on the right person, regardless of background, gender, colour is vital if the industry is truly to become diverse, inclusive and sustainable.


5. Connecting to Jobs

Industry needs the right people with the right skills at the right time. 


When students are ready to progress to their first jobs, we work with our Partners to create progress from training into employment locally, nationally and internationally - initially focusing on engineering, ground operations and pilots.

We also focus not just on first jobs but also on progression throughout careers.









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IASTI® London City


IASTI® London City, launched in May 2021, is a partnership with the London Design & Engineering University Technical College (LDE UTC). 


Supported by Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer and London City Airport, it is focused on pre-16, post-16 and post-18 pathways with initial enrolments starting on the post-16 pathways starting in September 2021 in the existing UTC and a training area overlooking the runway at the airport. A new building is planned for late 2023.​

More details here.

IASTI Newark

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IASTI Newark, launched in March 2021, is a partnership with Newark & Sherwood District Council and the Lincoln College Group (LCG).


Supported by the Royal Air Force, it is focused on pre-16, post-16 and post-18 pathways.


Initial enrolments start on the post-16 pathways in September 2021 in temporary facilities in Newark College and a new build is planned to open in late 2023.


More details here.

Interested in a discussion? Contact us