Publication Date : May 16, 2018

Publication Name : arabianindustry.com

KLM UK Engineering Limited (KLMUKE), part of the KLM/Air France conglomerate, has signed a partnership agreement with Dubai’s Vision Concept Aviation Training Institute (VCATI).

As per the agreement, the two parties will collaborate on offering the EASA Part 66 B1.1 & B2 – Interactive Online Training for Companies and Individuals.

KLM UK Engineering is expected to support VCATI’s Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering and Advanced Diploma in Aircraft Engineering Technology programmes by providing experienced professionals to teach the course, along with a virtual learning environment.

Captain Mohamed Obaid Al Suwaidi, founder of VCATI said: “We launched our student courses last year with intake for the A1 and A2 aircraft maintenance engineering program due to high industry demand and employment potential in the field.

“Our partnership with KLM UK Engineering to offer B1.1 and B2 qualifications online will open opportunities to hundreds of technicians and workers in the aviation industry to enhance their careers by qualifying for high potential jobs. Our own students acquiring A1 and A2 licenses next year can take up employment and pursue a higher qualification without having to take a gap year.”

The flexibility of VCATI’s B1 and B2 licenses programme allows aspiring students to complete at their page. Available online, the course set of modules with a structured schedule so that students can progress as quickly as they wish.

Additionally, students appearing for A1/A2 exams with VCATI for a GCAA license, who also take the B1 or B2 exams, will find it easier to understand and pass the exams since the A1/A2 curriculum covers a large portion of the B1/B2 syllabus. A1/A2 licence holders will also be able to acquire a B1/B2 licence within two years instead of five.

Ian Bartholomew, director Business Development & Sales of KLM UK Engineering said: “Reports from the Arab Aviation Summit in Dubai in December 2017 clearly indicate the high level of growth of the aviation industry in the Middle East.

He added: “We are happy to partner VCATI for their commitment to excellence in training and to the aviation sector. Our qualifications meet European standards as they are compliant with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Students qualifying will find many opportunities in the region and within UAE but will also be qualified to work in 135 EASA compliant countries around the world.”

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