Vallair has announced plans to recruit and train 300 aircraft mechanics and engineers over the next five years.
The company has invested in Aircraft Academy, an EASA Part-147 approved organisation providing online and classroom-based aviation training for Airbus and Boeing aircraft engineers and mechanics.
Training will be centred around Vallair’s new hangar in Châteauroux, France and its established MRO facility in Montpellier.
Vallair has also partnered with other educational establishments in the Châteauroux locality.
“This is a significant milestone for Vallair,” said the company’s CEO and president Grégoire Lebigot. “We are continually striving for excellence and to provide the best service to our customers. This is a fantastic opportunity for Vallair as well as for the mechanics and engineers of the future.
“Being able to nurture and support a highly skilled workforce will not only benefit Vallair, but the aviation industry in general. It is our vision to promote Châteauroux as a centre for aviation excellence and to demonstrate the wealth of talent and skill which exists in the heart of France.”
The programme will enable all candidate students to receive theoretical tuition towards their EASA Part-147 approval license either in person or online, with all practical training provided in Vallair’s Châteauroux and Montpellier facilities. As part of the training, students will benefit from hands-on experience for A320, 737NG and A330 aircraft, supporting various engine types, sheet-metal, as well as being eligible for an EASA Part 66 on the aforementioned aircraft.
Aircraft Academy’s CEO Stephan Gaworski commented. “I believe this collaboration will lead to significant transformation and opportunities for our students. By having an aviation partner such as Vallair, not only will Aircraft Academy be afforded continued growth, but also direct access to worldwide markets. This is a unique opportunity for us and our students and will make aviation maintenance training more accessible to future generations.”