IASTI Newark announces major partnerships with East Midlands Airport and Inzpire

Published on September 21st, 2021

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Two major partnerships have been unveiled for the UK’s first International Air & Space Training Institute, IASTI Newark.

East Midlands Airport, part of the Manchester Airport Group, has become an official partner of IASTI Newark, alongside award-winning supplier to the Ministry of Defence, Inzpire.

The two partnerships have been agreed shortly before IASTI Newark welcomes its first students who’ll learn the skills to launch careers in aerospace and aviation from September.

IASTI students will learn from industry experts with years of flying experience and get hands-on experience as they learn the skills needed to become pilots, engineers or flight dispatchers, leading to Level 3 Diplomas in Aviation Operations or Aircraft Maintenance.

East Midlands Airport and Inzpire join the Royal Air Force, Aviation 360 and the Midlands Engine as key industry supporters of IASTI Newark which is also supported by Newark & Sherwood District Council.

Tom Marsden, Director of IASTI Newark said:

“As the UK’s first international air and space training institute, we’ll be providing extraordinary training to students across the region. As such, we’re very proud to gain the support of East Midlands Airport.

“Meanwhile, the support of Inzpire will bolster our ability to prepare students for careers in the aerospace and defence industry, alongside our existing partnership with the RAF. Having supported the British military and the RAF as a trusted supplier for more than a decade, Inzpire has outstanding credentials and real world experience which will be of great benefit to our students.

“These new industry partners will enhance the learning experience of young people who study through IASTI Newark, by providing exciting enrichment activities and destinations for trips and visits. Learners will also get the chance to engage with a variety of industry experts as guest speakers and with Q&A sessions.  

“Through these relationships, students will gain more insight into opportunities within the aviation sector and the employment options available to them once they have completed their training.”

East Midlands Airport

East Midlands Airport (EMA) is the region’s gateway to mainland Europe, Eastern Europe and North East Africa. Served by airlines Ryanair, Jet2, TUI, easyJet and Aurigny, passengers who use EMA each year are well catered for in terms of leisure connectivity with a choice of over 50 international and domestic destinations. Handling 440,000 tonnes of cargo a year, EMA is also home to the UK’s largest dedicated air cargo operation and is the UK’s no.1 airport for express freight with DHL, UPS, FedEx and Royal Mail all operating out of EMA.


One of the fastest growing defence companies in the UK, Inzpire is an award-winning supplier of products, training and technical services and is a trusted partner of the UK MoD and Armed Forces worldwide. Founded in 2005, Inzpire’s highly experienced ex-military personnel work alongside defence engineers and business professionals to deliver operationally credible solutions to customers.

This week, the first IASTI Newark students were matriculated by Air Commodore Simon Harper in the presence of industry partners, local dignitaries and college representatives at the International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC).

It’s still possible for people to join IASTI, which is accepting people who wish to transfer from sixth form to study pilot and engineering pathways this academic year, as well as applications for its level 2 feeder course. For information on entry requirements and enrollment, visit www.iasti-newark.co.uk/curriculum.

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