Courses set for take-off

An experienced engineer who spent more than 20 years in the RAF has been appointed to head up Telford College’s new aviation courses. Robert Lees, a former instructor at RAF Cosford, is the learner manager for the level two and three aviation engineering courses which begin in September.

Scottish-born Robert has moved to Telford College from a previous role at Walsall College, where he spent five years teaching manufacturing engineering. Prior to that, he had a long and successful career in the RAF. He explains, “This Telford College job is a dream role which brings the two sides of my previous working life together, blending military and civilian sectors. These courses encapsulate everything I’m passionate about.”

Enrolment is well under way for the initial 100 places on the Telford College programme, with interest coming from budding engineers across the West Midlands. The Telford College courses are being run with the backing of the Aviation Skills Partnership, which has links with major airlines including Ryanair. The curriculum is being aligned to deliver the kind of specific aviation skills which both commercial and civilian airlines are currently seeking.

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