Vertical Markets

Aviation e-learning takes off

by Mark Rowe

With the covid-19 pandemic having wide-reaching and continued effects across the aviation and security sectors, including personnel either furloughed or unable to work and train in their normal workplace, skill fade is a real concern, says a trainer in the field. The Safety & Security Division at Air Partner plc offers aviation safety and security training, research and consulting services from Baines Simmons and Redline Assured Security.

Paul Mason, Air Partner’s Safety & Security Division Managing Director, says: “These are industries where skills have to be kept sharp and regulatory standards kept in pace with – for some, the application of training expiry alleviations on the aviation security side ended June 30, for example. These are all factors that have contributed to people becoming non-compliant in their training and needing to complete a full initial course again. In these cases, we are here to help at short notice. Being able to increasingly provide our clients with flexible, remote and blended training solutions has been something we are very proud to have achieved.”

“Several of our top-performing courses at Baines Simmons are implicit requirements of regulation, but many others, like the ‘Investigations’ courses, in particular, stand out because of the industry knowledge and experience of our facilitators. Even in a virtual setting, they are delivered in an engaging, interactive and dynamic way. We regularly receive positive feedback from these courses mentioning how immersive they are. Participants feel that they are much more than just a lesson in practical skills and reflect the real challenges experienced in the field.”

The division reports that it has trained over 10,000 delegates since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, and over 70pc of surveyed Baines Simmons clients expressed an interest in virtual training solutions as part of a long-term blend of e-learning and other training, post-pandemic. Face to face course deliveries such as ‘Aviation Security for Managers – Initial and Recurrent’, continue to be offered at either the client’s location or at Redline’s NSTC (National Security Training Centre) at Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport. Visit

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