Air and Space Institute Pilot student embarks on an exciting journey at major airline TUI. Kian Deighton becomes ASI’s first success story, after laying the foundations for his career with his new Cabin Crew role. This achievement not only highlights Kian's determination and passion but also showcases the comprehensive training provided by ASI in preparing students for exciting careers in the aviation industry.
The Pilot and Aviation Operations Pathway offered by ASI is an exceptional opportunity for aspiring learners who dream of careers in commercial or military aviation. Central to this pathway is the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Aviation Operations. Through this programme - students will gain a broad understanding of various aspects of aviation.
The curriculum covers essential topics such as the UK aviation industry, health and safety regulations, security measures, inter-relationships within aviation, aviation geography, airline and airport economics, and the environmental impacts of aviation. By delving into these areas, students develop a well-rounded perspective of the industry, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities they may encounter in their future careers.
Kian Deighton, Alumni ASI Pilot student, said: “During my training at TUI, all the procedures and aviation-related terminology that you need to know - I had prior knowledge of from ASI - it has proven useful and put me that step ahead of people.
“I am currently Cabin Crew at TUI. It feels exciting stepping into the adult world - moving on in life and leaving education behind. I’ve been doing intense training learning about equipment, first aid, emergency procedures and specific sides of the aircraft. I’ve done 4 flights so far, including Zákinthos in Zante, Faro in Portugal, Tenerife and Kos in Greece - it’s great to see the world through work.
“Other people should join the ASI course. If you are interested in aviation - it is the place to be! It is where you’ll start your career off. It will be very rewarding with the opportunities that it offers; flying and aviation learning. The course was challenging and rewarding at the same time; the assignments were hard work, but the trips and guest speakers give it a good balance.”
One of the most exciting aspects of this pathway is the enrichment process. As part of their journey, students will have the unique opportunity to fly an actual aircraft, gaining hands-on experience in the skies. Additionally, they will have access to a state-of-the-art flight simulator, allowing them to further refine their skills and knowledge in a realistic and controlled environment. These practical experiences not only enhance their understanding of aviation operations but also instill a sense of confidence and readiness as they progress towards becoming commercial or military pilots.
Matt Lamb, Director for Planning and Growth at Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “It’s a proud feeling to know that the ASI has been key to helping Kian achieve his aspiration. I am sure he will inspire lots of young people who want to do the same.
“When fully operational the ASI is expected to create almost 40 new jobs for the area and will provide countless training opportunities setting students on a pathway to skilled, well-paid jobs in the civil and military aviation and engineering industries. This is just the start, with more exciting courses set to launch when the new permanent facility opens next year”
Tom Cartledge, Co-Chair of the Newark Town Board, said: “The ASI really is creating a work-ready workforce able to meet the needs and challenges of employers and Kian is the perfect example of that.
“Students local to Newark can fulfil their potential at the ASI and I’m sure many more will follow Kian’s footsteps into the working world soon. I’m proud that Newark Town Board has played its part in supporting the project and the town is showing real aspirational growth.
“The ASI is putting Newark on the map, and this is the start of a long successful journey for the town. By 2050, Newark’s world-class education provision will provide academic and vocational pathways at all levels of teaching across multiple key sectors.”
Jim Guthrie, Learning and Skills Lead at the Air and Space Institute, commented: “What a fantastic opportunity and progression for an extremely dedicated, friendly and hard-working learner. Kian has worked hard over the last two years to take his first steps into the aviation industry – it has paid off with a thoroughly deserved role at TUI."
Dave Leonard, Lecturer of Pilot Operations at the Air & Space Institute, said: "Kian is a determined individual with a passion for flying - throughout his studies, he has developed his industry knowledge to secure not only his first job but also to secure his first step to realising his dreams. I do not doubt that he will succeed in his Cabin Crew Role and progress to reaching his ultimate dream of becoming a Commercial Pilot"
"It's brilliant to see our students securing their first job and continuing their journey to fulfil their dreams of reaching for the skies. We look forward to seeing how their careers progress within the Aviation industry"
With Kian becoming the first success story of the ASI cohort, the institute eagerly looks forward to witnessing the promising careers of its students as they progress within the aviation industry. The Air and Space Institute has set a strong precedent, demonstrating its commitment to nurturing aspiring aviation professionals and preparing them for a fulfilling and successful future in the Air and Apace industry. Kian's accomplishment serves as an inspiration for future cohorts, illustrating the endless possibilities and exciting opportunities that await those who are passionate about aviation and are willing to work hard to achieve their dreams.
Tom Cartledge, Co-Chair of the Newark Town Board, said: “Students local to Newark can fulfil their potential at the ASI and I’m sure many more will follow Kian’s footsteps into the working world soon. I’m proud that Newark Town Board has played its part in supporting the project and the town is showing real aspirational growth. “The ASI is putting Newark on the map, and this is the start of a long successful journey for the town. By 2050, Newark’s world-class education provision will provide academic and vocational pathways at all levels of teaching across multiple key sectors.”
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