Cardiff and Vale College ICAT hosts national aerospace forum
Representatives of the Aerospace Industry from across the UK came to Cardiff and Vale College recently for a special forum to discuss the future needs of the industry.
The College’s International Centre for Aerospace Training (ICAT) hosted the special business breakfast and networking event and expert panel discussion. Delegates from industry and academia from across Wales gathered to hear Aerospace Wales Chief Executive John Whalley discuss the aero industry in Wales, while Head of Airbus UK & Aerospace Growth Partnership Mark Stewart talked about the role of Wales in the global marketplace.
An expert panel discussion featured Helen Russell, Head of HR and Training at Nordam, Aerospace Wales Operations Director Paul Lindsay, Mark Stewart, ICAT Chief Operating Officer Steve Vincent and Welsh Government Deputy Director of Skills Policy and Youth Engagement, Skills, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning Teresa Holdsworth.
ICAT, based at Cardiff International Airport, is the home of the College’s Aircraft Engineering courses. The iconic venue includes classrooms and specialist workshops plus a real-life hangar where students can work on real aircraft.
Aerospace Wales Operations Manager Paul Lindsay said: “I’m really, really pleased with the event – with the turnout, the variety of people in the audience and the speakers. Hearing the UK-wide message on aerospace is very important.
“This is a fantastic venue. I have been here many times but it changes each time. It’s fantastic for the students to have real aeroplanes and real engines to play with – that’s the way to learn.”
Mark Stewart, Head of Airbus UK, added: “I thought it was a really good meeting and what was reassuring for me was that we were doing it in ICAT rather than some hotel. We work in partnership with Coleg Cambria and there are lots of companies who work in partnership with ICAT developing the skills and capacity that we need for the future.”