IASTI® Announces Partnership with Tayside Aviation

IASTI® Announces Partnership with Tayside Aviation for Dundee to offer next generation training pathways ready for enrolment in 2022




As part of its recently announced expansion strategy, the International Air & Space Training Institute (IASTI®) can now confirm plans to offer its successful Launch 2 by IASTI® Pathway (16–18-year-olds) in Dundee from September 2022. The actual 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.


This follows the already announced IASTI® partnership with Tayside Aviation and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) on its new pilot practice-based Degree-programme which is open for enrolment.


IASTI®’s Founder and Chief Executive, Simon Witts, said: “Following our Dubai launch and our positive experience of the flagship IASTI® London City model we are delighted to be further partnering with Tayside Aviation on the new Launch 2 Pathways and complementing our work on the Degree. I look forward to seeing significant growth in the number of learners in 2022 allowing people from the Dundee area an opportunity to join the industry as it grows out of the Pandemic stronger than ever.”


Tayside Aviation’s Jim Watt said “I am so proud of what we have been able to achieve at Tayside Aviation in turning out some of the best pilot cadets and transforming people’s lives. This announcement marks the culmination of a number of years of work of building opportunities for the people in the area to access our industry. We are excited about where this will lead and look forward to announcing further details in the New Year”.


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.