The training academy will be home to more than 60 apprentices
The RJ Mitchell Aircraft Maintenance Academy, named after the inventor of the Spitfire, has been opened at Humberside Airport in North Lincolnshire.
It will be home to the more than 60 apprentices we take on every year and create more than 150 jobs over the next three years.
The academy is purpose-built for training with four workshops, six classrooms and an accommodation block.
David Talbot, our Head of the Aircraft Maintenance Academy, said: "The opening of the new academy provides us with a world-class facility to grow the next generation of aircraft maintenance technicians and ensure our customers have the right people for the job of keeping aircraft ready to deliver air power.
"Today marks the culmination of a great deal of effort by a large number of people.
"We are looking forward delivering the skills needed to support our customers and community."
Apprentices joining our two-year programme will spend 12 months at the Academy getting hands-on experience while also get the chance to develop skills in English, Maths and IT while completing a City & Guilds Technical Diploma, working with Humber University Technical College.
For the second year, they are based at either RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire or RAF Marham in Norfolk, working towards a Level 3 NVQ.
At the end of the programme, apprentices will have had a mix of real world and academic training and they may be offered a role working on an air base.
This could be in the UK working alongside teams maintaining the Eurofighter Typhoon at RAF Coningsby or Tornado at RAF Marham, or overseas in countries such as those in the Middle East.
The opening ceremony, conducted by Martin Taylor, Managing Director, Combat Air at BAE Systems Military Air and Information, marks a two-year project to relocate the Academy from Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
The construction project has been overseen by Resource Group, which operates a similar facility at Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire, and the group will also provide the Academy's trainers to work alongside our own staff.