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ITP starts its Dual Professional Training programme

ITP started its Dual Professional Training programme today with the enrolment of 19 students: nine are joining the company's central plant in Zamudio, where they will be working closely with the CFAA (Aeronautics Advanced Manufacturing Centre), and ten are joining the PCB plant in Barakaldo, where the company's casting operations are based.

Students can specialise in one of the four Professional Training specialities for which ITP has been authorised. Advanced manufacturing, Product life-cycle, Additive welding and non-destructive testing. ITP has collaborated with the Vice-Ministry of Vocational Training of the Basque Government and the Basque Institute of Vocational Training (IVAC-EEI) in the development and coordination the specialization programs contents.

This ITP initiative is part of the collaboration agreement reached with the Basque government to promote Dual Professional Training. The aim of this public-private initiative is to adapt youth training to the demands created by technological innovation and to respond to the challenges of increased competition that these industries are subject to.

According to Arantza Hallett, ITP Human Resources Director: "This is a great opportunity for students in Vocational Training to see a real business situation and to apply what they have learned in their studies. For ITP, we are looking for a sustainable model of educational development to produce the professionals of the future Industry 4.0. We hope to continue working to bring more students to our other work centres in the future."

Specialised training

The students enrolled today have recently finished their first year courses and come from six Integrated Vocational Training Centres (CIFP): Politeknika Txorierri, Elorrieta-Erreka Mari, Zornotza, Somorrotro, Nicolas Larburu and Salesianos Deusto. The programme will continue through the next two courses, until the students have finished their training.

In the first stage, the students will be trained in basic areas such as risk prevention, operating policies and quality systems, and will receive an introduction to different areas of ITP's business. In the second course, they will take part in an induction course with materials on 'lean manufacturing', production processes and manufacturing technologies. After this second stage, the students will start to specialise, and this will take them through the second and third years, when they will acquire specific training in their different areas of specialisation.

The students will also receive training in cross-disciplinary skills that supplement the material of each specialisation, such as conflict resolution, attitudes to change, decision making and emotional intelligence, among others.

Notes to the editor

ITP Aero is currently the ninth largest aircraft engine and components company in the world by revenue. Ranking among the top one hundred companies in the aerospace industry (Top 100 Aerospace Companies, PwC and Flight International). The company employs over 3,800 people at its production centres in Spain, United Kingdom, Mexico, the United States, Malta and India.

Among its activities, ITP Aero includes the design, research and development, manufacturing and casting, assembly and testing of aeronautical modules and engines. It also provides MRO services for a wide range of engines for regional airlines, business aviation, helicopters, industrial and defense applications. ITP Aero operates as a corporate entity within the Rolls-Royce group.

Louis Trollope
Communication Specialist
M: (+34) 610 267 334

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