Simon Witts, Chief Executive, Aviation Skills Partnership

The new Higher
Professional Aviation Pilot
Practice Degree
UVAC Conference, Leeds
26th November 2013
Simon Witts, CEO Aviation Skills Partnership
1. What led to the creation of this programme?
2. What have we created ?
3. Apprenticeship and Degree?
4. Summary
What led to the creation of
this programme?
Industry has a desire to increase career access
opportunities in the aviation sector; starting with Pilots,
ensuring that the right people can access the jobs
People are finding it harder to access the sector,
equally, the industry is not getting enough of the right
applicants for jobs
Linking the education system to the aviation sector
career pathways creates the opportunity to address
many issues
Government, who also has a desire to support skills
growth in aviation, can start to support skills
What have we created ?
A unique and innovative BSc(Hons) Degree
that also matches the requirements of a
Higher Apprenticeship and is delivered at
the approved training organisation/airline
Access to Government Student and Maintenance
finance support
The first jointly validated programme delivered by
CTC Aviation and Middlesex University
Other versions are on the way e.g. Helicopter, Flight
Instructor, UAS
The three ways to enrol:
Type 1: New entrants: for those who wish to start now,
apply directly or via UCAS (X90N). MPL version available
from January 2014
Type 2: Direct Honours entry: available from January 2014
for cadets who are currently in training or have just
completed at e.g. FATPL level - submit Expression of
Interest form via ASP website
Type 3: Existing pilots: available from January 2014 for fully
qualified Pilots - submit Expression of Interest form via ASP
Apprenticeship and Degree?
What is the difference...
The standard industry training to
become a pilot…
The Higher Apprenticeship
in Professional Aviation Pilot
The BSc (Hons)
Professional Aviation
Pilot Practice Degree..
….are all one and the same thing, delivered in exactly the same
At the point of graduation, for all, pilots are qualified to operate
commercial flights with passengers, with a licence issued by the
The only difference is the employment status of the individual
who, as an Apprentice, is suitably employed
If they are all the same why have
we created a Higher Apprenticeship
as well as a Degree?
Without the higher apprenticeship framework
that sits behind the training that takes place,
employers and cadets cannot access the
benefits of apprenticeships.
What are the opportunities to
become an Apprentice?
The framework that has been developed is now
available for employers to use to employ
At this initial stage airlines are most likely to recruit
cadets who have already started their training, so
the immediate opportunities are likely to be for
those who are training with an organisation which is
delivering this programme
We have achieved what we set out to do
We have a Higher Apprenticeship / BSc(Hons)
Degree all delivered through the standard airline
The first scheme is available to enrol at CTC:
Type 1: New entrants
Type 2: Direct Honours entry
Type 3: Existing pilots
Other schemes are in work
The new BSc(Hons) Professional
Aviation Pilot Practice Higher
Apprenticeship / Degree
Enrolling now at

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