UK’s Department for Transport launches career platform

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The UK’s Department for Transport (DfT) is funding a recruitment platform to help young people find apprenticeships, work experience and graduate schemes in aviation and aerospace.

The Talentview Aviation (TVA) platform is supported by the existing Aviation Skills Retention Platform (ASRP). It will be free to use and orientated toward young people in schools, colleges and universities looking to join the sector.

The platform will also help employers showcase apprenticeship, traineeship and graduate vacancies and is expected to recruit thousands of people for roles across the sector next year, including pilots, cabin crew, technicians and airport staff. Companies can search individual profiles for suitable candidates and have direct contact with students and apprentices who are looking for roles in aviation.

The ASRP was launched in February 2021 to help skilled people in all areas of the sector move toward other job opportunities within the UK aviation industry – not only pilots, cabin crew and flight engineers but also individuals working in airports, air traffic, handling and FBO, ground operations and MRO. The ASRP helps talented individuals showcase their experience and expertise while helping businesses find the skills they need. For organizations, the ASRP provides direct support for redeployment and recruitment activities, together with a framework for wider skills retention and development programs across the aviation sector.

The UK’s Minister for Aviation, Maritime and Security, Robert Courts, said, “The aviation sector has an exciting future ahead as it embraces the new opportunities driven by decarbonization, innovation and future growth. We are continuing to invest in future skills across the sector and are proud to back the new TVA platform. This platform will allow the sector to promote a range of roles across the aviation industry, attract young and talented individuals to exciting careers and help the industry to seize the opportunities of the future.”

Richard Smith, director of TVA and the ASRP, said, “The industry continues to plan ahead and build up the UK’s aviation workforce. This includes making sure it retains its talented employees and that there are plenty of opportunities for new, up-and-coming talent to learn about and forge themselves a career within the industry. We have launched the platform now to enable the sector to prepare for the future recovery that we all hope to see next year. The launch of the TVA scheme will help to support growth ambitions for the aviation industry.”

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