IASTI® Announces Details of Significant 2022 Expansion Plans with 12 New UK Locations


Following the announcement at the Dubai Air Show on 15 November of its global expansion strategy, the International Air & Space Training Institute (IASTI®) can now confirm plans to offer its successful Launch 2 by IASTI® Pathway in at least 12 sites around the UK. The locations will be revealed in early in the new year, allowing plenty of time for students aged 16-18 to enrol for September 2022 and will replicate the successful pilot in London City where Pathways have been fully embedded into education and delivered by IASTI® Trainers.

In addition to this, IASTI® has committed to at least eight practice-based Degree-level programmes around the UK by September 2025 which will offer all stages of the Launch by IASTI® Pathways, regardless of age. These are planned to be in the following regions: East Kent, South Coast, South-West, West Midlands, North-West, North-East, North-East Scotland and Northern Ireland, providing more than 400 learners each year to access high quality bespoke education and training to prepare them for a career in the air and space industry. Detailed negotiations with candidate regions and partners are in progress and are expected to be fully concluded by Easter 2022, when the successful venues will be announced. This also paves the way for International expansion plans with several locations already under discussion, based on the UK model.

IASTI®’s Stakeholder Board - chaired by Boeing and including high-level engagement from major partners such as Embraer, the UK Royal Air Force, London City Airport, and the University of Central Lancashire – has been supporting the training and engagement model created by IASTI® ready for significant expansion in 2022, not only in the UK, but also across global educational establishments. All parties are committed to ensuring the success of this pioneering worldwide initiative and look forward to announcing further details as our plans progress at pace.

Speaking at the Dubai Air Show in November, IASTI®’s Stakeholder Board Chair, Boeing’s Nichola Bates – Head of Global Accelerators & Innovation Programs, said: “I am immensely proud to be leading the industry partners on the IASTI® Stakeholder Board as we launch our growth plans based on the now fully evaluated and successful UK ‘pilot’ flagship IASTI® London City programme. The world desperately needs a sustainable supply of the right people from the right background and education, and I am confident that we have found the right solution to achieve that. I encourage all of industry to get behind this initiative with its ‘collaboration before competition’ approach.”

IASTI®’s Founder and Chief Executive Simon Witts said: “As a result of the Dubai launch, the positive experience of the London City model and the global demand for staff, IASTI® has received a number of concrete offers from around the world to replicate our training and engagement model. Such a move will play a key part in post-pandemic global recovery, offering as it does a practical and affordable method of creating a sustainable supply of engaged and right-skilled people for an industry that was hit badly by the Covid pandemic. I have been astounded by the international interest and look forward to seeing significant growth in the number of learners in 2022.”

For more information, please contact Abi Witts on enquiries@iasti.co.uk or call us on +44 (0)7740 879073.

Notes for Editors:

1) There is a global shortage in skilled aviation professionals. Boeing’s most recent pilot and technician report highlighted a shortage of 612,000 pilots and 626,000 technicians worldwide (www.boeing.com/commercial/market/pilot-technician-outlook/)

2) IASTI is a movement that sees the right knowledge, skills, competencies and behaviours being delivered on three main stages directly integrated into the curriculum: pre-16, post-16 and post-18, as well as for people already in employment. This means that industry can directly participate in the formal education and training at a much earlier stage ensuring that the right people are given the right skills, trained by the right people in the right facilities and using the right equipment.

3) The first IASTI was launched at London City in July 2021 and the post-16 training started in September 2021. IASTI London City’s post-16 education and training Pathway is the result of a partnership with the London Design & Engineering University Technical College (UTC) - a 13-18 school. Pre-16 and post-18 Pathway elements are to be delivered with the UTC and other Partners including the University of East London, University of Central Lancashire and others, which will be announced in due course.

4) Launch 1 by IASTI® is for people age 18+ people. Launch 2 by IASTI® is for age 16-18, Launch 3 by IASTI® is for age 14-16, Launch 4 by IASTI® is for age 11-14 and Launch 5 by IASTI® is for age 4- 11.

5) Further IASTIs in the UK and overseas will be announced later in the year. By 2025, IASTI’s ambition is that this becomes the way that the industry trains, reducing duplication of training and directly influencing the next generation of aviation professionals.

6) IASTI is working with Project ENGAP, an international group of aviation professionals committed to ensuring that the industry attracts, educates and retains the next generation of aviation professionals. ENGAP UK, a CIC, is directly engaged in the project and London City and elsewhere. Its sister organisation, ENGAP Canada, is working with the new Waterloo Institute of Sustainable Aeronautics (WISA) to support innovative research that will assist in Project ENGAPs aims worldwide. ENGAP USA is in its formation stage with further planned worldwide.