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27th February 2012

Airline contract for ongoing training provision for expansion at Newcastle Airport

The leading leisure airline has signed a contract to appoint Newcastle College as a provider of first-class training to its growing team of cabin crew.

Each year the partnership will see more than 200 employees embark on a bespoke training programme, which will result in them achieving a minimum qualification of NVQ level two. An initial training programme has also been developed for seasonal staff, recruited as cabin crew to cover the peak holiday seasons. is continuously growing, regularly adding new routes or extra flights served from each of its eight bases and this summer will see 600 cabin crew working across its network. The agreement of the training contract is suitably timed following the recent announcement of’s planned expansion programme at Newcastle Airport. Five new routes to Bodrum, Rome, Dubrovnik, Reus and Venice will commence from 31st May and an additional aircraft will be based at the airport for summer 2012. Over one hundred jobs will be recruited locally to service the expansion and extra capacity.

The partnership developed following an introduction by Newcastle International Airport, which already works closely with the college. The New Entrant Cabin Crew Training Course has been designed by the college’s Lifestyle Academy in partnership with to ensure that it fits in with the requirements of the business and equips employees with the rounded skill-set required for the role. The training covers areas such as standard operating procedures, emergency procedures, including fire-fighting and first aid, and customer service excellence. The training is in accordance with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) requirements and is fully regulated.

Training is already being delivered by Newcastle College staff and senior employees at the college’s Aviation Academy based at Newcastle International Airport. This £3.3m state-of-the-art facility is an outstanding training environment for the aviation sector, featuring its own Boeing 737 aircraft.

As the partnership develops, is also hoping to recruit apprentice engineers and ground operations staff from the pool of talented learners already studying with the college.

Greg Smith, Director of the Lifestyle Academy at Newcastle College, said: “We are delighted that contract negotiations have concluded and our partnership with can now forge ahead. Training has already begun at the Aviation Academy with 25 new entrant cabin crew due to receive their Wings this month.

“The college has developed strong links with Newcastle International Airport, working in partnership to develop a range of training and employment opportunities that specifically meet the needs of employers within the aviation sector. is one of a number of employers who we work with to develop bespoke training and skills.”

Ian Doubtfire, Managing Director of, added: “We are delighted our partnership with Newcastle College has now been formalised into an ongoing training programme. Cabin Crew are central to our business and play a hugely important role when it comes to the friendly customer service that we offer. The training they receive is therefore vital so they can offer our customers the quality experience they have come to expect, as well as developing their own skills and knowledge.

“As the recent expansion announcement demonstrated, we are continuing to grow at Newcastle Airport as well as at our other bases. As such, we have a steady stream of recruitment taking place and we look forward to working even more closely with Newcastle College going forward.”

Dave Laws, chief executive at Newcastle International Airport, said: “Our partnership with Newcastle College goes from strength to strength. We are incredibly proud to have the Aviation Academy on site, delivering the training needed for aviation businesses in both the region and elsewhere in the UK. Getting on board is a major step forward as they are one of our most important airline customers. The partnership really does put Newcastle on the map. We look forward to continuing work with the college to expand this kind of activity, and make Newcastle a centre for aviation training. If our plans are a success, the benefits could be significant for all concerned.” is celebrating after being crowned Best Short Haul Airline at the coveted Globe Travel Awards 2012. If you are interested in joining the airline’s award winning team please visit

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