An exciting new joint initiative between the Norse Group and SaxonAir is set to equip aviation professionals with the skills for the future, through a range of training and development programmes.

Aviation grounds operatives, specialists and managers based at Norwich Airport will be among the 26 SaxonAir staff taking part in a wide array of apprenticeships, in what is a real boost to the local aviation industry.

As owners of the International Aviation Academy Norwich (IAAN), the Norse Group has been exploring opportunities to support local employers within the sector, which has been particularly hard hit by the current impacts of Covid-19, with many seeing large proportions of their workforce and fleets literally grounded.

With a clear focus on regeneration, the initiative, which is supported by utilising part of the Norse Group Apprenticeship Levy, will fund much needed training and development for staff at SaxonAir.

Alex Durand, Chief Executive of SaxonAir, is delighted with the initiative: “This is a perfect example of different organisations co-operating to create mutually beneficial opportunities they couldn’t achieve on their own,” he said.

“Business aviation has suffered from a lack of suitable accredited training, and it’s particularly pleasing to do this through the impressive local facility at IAAN.”

As a significant contributor to the Apprenticeship Levy, the Norse Group is keen to play an active role within the communities it serves and takes its role as a responsible employer in providing training and development to its staff very seriously.

Sam Massingham, Norse Group’s Head of Learning & Organisational Development, said the scheme outlines the Group’s continued commitment to providing valuable opportunities for people to learn and progress their careers.

“With 169 Norse Group staff members currently participating in a range of programmes covering a host of professions from finance, care and trades through to chartered surveyors and senior leaders, we are keen to continue to support individuals to grow and develop and make good use of the opportunities that apprenticeship programmes provide,” she said.

“Our programmes support both new and existing staff, so everyone can gain valuable skills and knowledge and reach their potential, with meaningful career and progression plans.”

If you would like to find out more about apprenticeships or have any questions about opportunities for training and development, please get in touch;

Sam Massingham – Head of Learning & Organisational Development

Danielle Cox – Apprenticeship Manager

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