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Aviation Australia turns 10

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 7, 2011

Brisbane based Aviation training organisation, Aviation Australia, celebrated its tenth birthday on October 4.

The celebration event was attended by Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, Minister for Employment, Skills and Mining Stirling Hinchliffe, and Aviation Australia’s Board of Directors.

Aviation Australia was established by the Queensland Government in 2001 to train aeroskills apprentices, and today offers courses in Aircraft Maintenance Training; Cabin Crew and English Language Training in its Queensland campuses. The organisation has also partnered to offer training and placements with more than 60 airlines, aerospace companies, governments, defence forces and regulatory authorities worldwide.

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“We are very proud of our achievements and today we are able to acknowledge these achievements and recognise our staff and Board of Directors for their contribution and hard work over the past 10 years,” Aviation Australia CEO Bill Horrocks said. “Aviation Australia facilities are very different to what they were in the beginning.

“We started with one office housing 21 staff, with temporary training facilities located off site to today, housing over 100 staff and up to 400 students at any one time,” Horrocks added. “We are now one of the world’s most comprehensively resourced aviation training centres, with our main campus located at Brisbane Airport and another campus located in Cairns. We have a world class training facility which has been established to support the development and growth of aviation and aerospace industries in both the Australian and international markets.”

Aviation Australia has graduated a total of 895 aeroskills students, with 90 per cent of these graduates securing full time employment. A total of 790 cabin crew students have also graduated from the Cabin Crew course, and over half of these graduates are working as cabin crew with 35 airlines around the world.

Since 2007, 39 international students have graduated from the Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering course and 62 per cent of these graduates have secured employment in the aviation industry.

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