Monday, June 24, 2024

New Queensland Qantas academy to train nation’s aviation engineers

Two new aircraft engineering training hubs are set to create a pipeline of aviation sector talent as part of a new Queensland Government partnership announced with Qantas.

Established by the Queensland Government in 2001, Aviation Australia will head up the training hubs earmarked for Brisbane and Melbourne.

The new Qantas Engineering Academy will train up to 300 aircraft engineers for the Qantas Group and broader aviation industry, including general aviation and Defence contractors, with a focus on recruiting more women in engineering, Minister for Employment and Small Business, Minister for Training and Skills Development, Di Farmer announced yesterday.

“Qantas’ decision shines a light on Queensland’s expertise and that will continue to grow once training is up and running in Brisbane and Melbourne,” she said.

“It will help address skills shortages in the nation’s aviation industry, support growth in both the civilian and defence sectors and create sustainable jobs well into the future.

“I know that with industry leaders Aviation Australia and Qantas at the wheel, this initiative will provide great results for the sector and fantastic employment outcomes.”

Qantas CEO, Alan Joyce said the Academy will provide world-class training for Australian engineers.

“Qantas has a proud history of having some of the best engineers in the world and we want to make sure it stays that way,” said Mr Joyce.

“The Engineering Academy is part of a massive commitment in training that will create a pipeline of talent for the Qantas Group and Australian aviation.

“Aviation Australia has been training engineers for over 20 years and through our partnership we will supercharge the development of highly skilled engineers in this country setting the industry up for decades to come.”

Queensland’s aerospace sector’s economic contribution is forecast to grow by more than $53 million each year through to 2025-26.

Aviation Australia CEO, Bill Horrocks said the Academy will be a key contributor to the Australian aviation sector by helping to address the engineering skills shortfalls. 

“Selecting Aviation Australia as Qantas’ training partner for the Academy recognises the important role that we play as the nation’s premier aircraft maintenance engineering training provider,” he said.

“Aviation Australia’s training combines job-ready skills and education to translate into employment outcomes.

“Our training facilities will provide students with the day-to-day experience of a working hangar, as well as supervised training on aircraft, for a seamless transition into operational environments.”

To register interest in the Engineering Academy visit: www.qantas.com/engineeringacademy.

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