Jet Aviation Dubai and the University of South Wales cooperate to provide learning opportunities in aviation maintenance engineering

November 17, 2019
Dr. Akram Hammoudeh, Director, Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science, University of South Wales, and Hardy Butschi, VP Regional Operations Middle East & GM Dubai

Jet Aviation Dubai and the University of South Wales (USW) Dubai today announced their cooperation to help support the development of aspiring aviation professionals. Effective immediately, Jet Aviation will provide required on-the-job training opportunities to students in Dubai enrolled at USW Dubai, while USW will support tuition for qualified Jet Aviation employees.

This collaboration will help to help build an industry-ready cohort of local aircraft maintenance engineers and related professionals for the aviation industry, fostering teaching, learning, training and knowledge transfer to aspiring aviation professionals in Dubai.

Jet Aviation’s EASA, FAA and GCAA approved maintenance facility in Dubai will cooperate with USW by offering industrial training and internships to aviation students at USW Dubai.  Meanwhile, USW will provide Jet Aviation employees with the unique development opportunity of pursuing a BSc in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering or an MSc in Aviation Engineering and Management at the USW Dubai Campus.

“We are very keen to extend real, hands-on experience and learning opportunities to aspiring aircraft maintenance professionals in a safe, controlled and supervised aircraft maintenance environment,” said Prabhat Gummadi, Jet Aviation’s maintenance director in Dubai. “Our goal is to ensure we continue to nurture young talent with an eye to the future, and this is a win-win solution from every angle. The industry needs qualified professionals, and combining academic learning with practical training is the best way to ensure we have a talented pool of aviation professionals in the future.”

With EASA and GCAA Part 147 Maintenance Training Organization status, USW Dubai is the only university in the UK and the UAE that has integrated industry-standard aircraft maintenance qualifications with an Honors degree, delivered on a single campus. Its Dubai campus is fully compliant with EASA and GCAA regulations.

“The University of South Wales Dubai strives to offer its career-focused learners the added advantage of gaining practical training and experience alongside their formal learning and education,” said Dr. Akram Hammoudeh, Campus Director, USW Dubai. “We are very pleased to work with Jet Aviation Dubai to realize our mutual goal of developing much-needed skilled and qualified aircraft maintenance engineers and professionals for the local workforce.”

Hardy Butschi, Jet Aviation’s VP Regional Operations, Middle East and GM of Dubai, added, “Jet Aviation strives for excellence in all that we do. Just as our unwavering commitment to the highest standards ensures the safety and well-being of our customers, it benefits our employees. We intend to remain the employer of choice by promoting career development for young aviation professionals. This cooperation with USW Dubai secures an opportunity for our dedicated employees to advance and progress their careers, while promoting safety, quality and continuous improvement for the industry.”