IASTI® London City Announces Tie-Up with London's Air Ambulance Charity

IASTI® Chief Executive to Join Charity’s Innovation Circle and
Students to Support Vital Fundraising Activities
From Left to Right: IASTI® CEO and Founder Simon Witts, Chris Sutton - Member of the Fire Crew, Jonathan Jenkins CEO of London Air Ambulance

London’s Air Ambulance serves the 10 million people that live, work and travel within the M25, delivering urgent, cutting-edge medical care when a life is on the line. Working alongside the NHS, it is a lifeline service that provides the ultimate in trauma care and relies on a specialist team, helicopters and rapid response cars to operate 24/7, in all weathers, day or night.

The International Air & Space Training Institute (IASTI®)’s mission is to create a sustainable supply of the right skilled people for the air and space industry. It is critical that expert providers like IASTI® connect with the wider aviation industry to ensure that Pathways, integrated into education and training, directly match the increasing skills needs of the industry.


The synergies with London’s Air Ambulance Charity are clear and obvious. Therefore, IASTI® is delighted and honoured to announce that from 1 January 2022, IASTI® London City will be proudly supporting London’s Air Ambulance Charity through a range of new activities. These include:


  • IASTI® Founder & CEO, Simon Witts, joining the Charity’s Innovation Circle and providing aviation expertise and insight to support the development and growth of the service

  • IASTI® students will take part in fundraising and charitable activities in support of this vital lifeline service

  • London’s Air Ambulance staff will contribute to the delivery of IASTI®’s post-16 education and training Pathway by imparting and sharing their vision, skills and insight with the learners.


London’s Air Ambulance Charity CEO, Jonathan Jenkins, says: “We are very pleased that CEO Simon Witts and IASTI® London City have agreed to support our activities. We look forward to working with the team to develop a range of activities that provide mutual benefit, alongside inspiring the next generation of aviation professionals.”


IASTI®’s Founder and Chief Executive Simon Witts says: “I have always admired the work of Air Ambulances up and down the UK and am therefore incredibly proud that IASTI® is able to work with London’s Air Ambulance Charity. I hope that, through this innovative arrangement, we can provide support and benefit to London’s Air Ambulance whilst also ensuring that IASTI® learners gain an invaluable understanding of the needs of the charity as they prepare for a career in the air and space industry.”









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*.

  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. 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.

  5. 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.


For more information about London’s Air Ambulance Charity contact:


Kirsty McKellar, Media and Public Affairs Manager, London’s Air Ambulance Charity

Tel: 07973 948 519

Email: k.mckellar@londonsairambulance.org.uk



Further background

  • London’s Air Ambulance delivers rapid response and cutting-edge medical care to save lives in the city, via helicopter or rapid response car.

  • The service was founded in 1989 and to date has treated over 42,000 critically injured people and attended most major incidents in London including 7/7, the Grenfell Tower fire and London Bridge terror incident.

  • It operates 24/7, 365 days a year.

  • It serves the 10 million people who live, work and travel within the M25.

  • Critical injury from road traffic incidents, falls from height, assaults and other injuries are the biggest killer of people aged under 40.

  • London’s Air Ambulance is a charity that operates in partnership with both Barts Health NHS Trust and the London Ambulance Service:

  • Barts Health NHS Trust employs and pays the doctors as well as providing some direct financial support and the helipad facility for the charity’s operations which is based at The Royal London Hospital.

  • London Ambulance Service provide paid paramedics who are seconded to the service. An advanced trauma paramedic operates from the Service’s control room and is responsible for dispatching London’s Air Ambulance to the most critically injured people in London, 24 hours a day.

  • It costs around £9 million each year to deliver the service.

  • The average cost of a mission is £2,290.

  • REBOA stands for Resuscitative Endovascular Balloon Occlusion of the Aorta, and involves the placement of an endovascular balloon in the aorta, the body’s main artery. This acts like a tourniquet, but inside the body instead of on a limb, to enable blood clots to form to slow and better control bleeding.

  • London’s Air Ambulance was the first to pioneer this procedure in 2012, which has saved countless lives across the capital and has been adopted across the world.