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BBGA members to sign up to the Aviation Skills Recruitment platform (ASRP)” which is free to use and continues to support the recovery of our industry.

Formerly known as the ‘Aviation Skills Retention Platform’ set up during the height of the pandemic to capture and support the redeployment of people losing their jobs; the reverse is now the case with many looking to return.  

ASRP has also opened to the wider market supporting recruitment into aviation. This was echoed by our CEO Marc Bailey encouraging all to network the Aviation Industry into this opportunity and to support future generations of young people from our colleges and universities into great careers through ASRP’s Talentview Aviation

“When you sign up to ASRP you automatically have access to the other and vice versa. For the first time, our industry has an entire package which caters for all business, skills, with links to academia. We are not out of the Covid Woods yet; this approach will help our industry’s recovery now and longer term.”

The British Business Aviation Association (BBGA) was proud to be the first aviation industry association to actively supporting the new UK Government-backed Aviation Skills Retention Platform (ASRP)

The platform was originally launched in 2021 by the Aviation Minister, Robert Courts MP, during a webinar hosted by Department for Transport Aviation Ambassador Jo Salter. Several dozen key sector representatives attended to learn more about the platform and how it will support the retention of skills across the sector.

The Minister for Aviation spoke passionately about the importance of retaining and supporting the UK’s highly talented workforce. He called on industry organisations, and adjacent industries, to share as many vacancies and opportunities on the platform as they can and stressed the need to avoid an exodus of talent.

“Working with the full engagement of our Board and Working Groups, BBGA is hopeful we can redeploy redundant staff to SME’s in business aviation via the platform.” – Marc Bailey.

“Our collaboration on the ASRP, working with Talent Retention Solutions (TRS) underpins the value of BBGA as the primary association and voice in general and business aviation now that we have exited the EU and EASA,” he added. 

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Terry Scuoler CBE, Talent Retention Solutions Chairman commented:

“The airline and aviation sectors are key to our nation’s economy and sense of well-being.   We are therefore delighted to support and be part of the Government’s Aviation Skills Retention Programme,

“Credit must go the to the Aviation Minister, Robert Courts and his officials for securing financial support at such a critical time and to those organisations such as the BBGA and others who have worked hard to ensure the future of both sectors,” he added. 

Embraer Legacy 500 flight deck – courtesy of BBGA member, Air Charter Scotland
Cirrus maintenance at Guernsey Airport – courtesy of BBGA member, ASG

About the Aviation Skills Retention Platform

The 2021 Aviation Skills Retention Platform was developed by Talent Retention Solutions and is funded by the government and supported by UK businesses.  Backed by business associations, member companies, professional institutions and unions, it facilitates the deployment, development and secondment of individuals through internal and external frameworks.  Through its simple to use online platform it marries talented specialist employees in with suitable roles. 

ASRP will help all of those in aviation – not just pilots, cabin crew and flight engineers, but individuals working in airports, air traffic, handling and FBO, ground operations, MRO and airworthiness.

The seeds of this concept were first conceived by Talent Retention Solutions working  with the Defence and Aerospace Industry and took root after 9/11.  Rolls-Royce, followed by other blue chip companies including BAE Systems, were swift to galvanise an industry shocked to its core. Starting in the Midlands, there followed the creation of regional development agencies all over the UK. 

BBGA’s involvement started earlier in the year when Operations Manager Lindsey Oliver first met representatives at a Royal Aeronautical Society Aviation Careers Fair.

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Editor’s note

BBGA is the UK’s national trade body representing business and general aviation.  Now in its 48th year, (formerly known as GAMTA) its member companies span all facets of the business aviation sector.  It represents nearly 180 companies, including airports, corporate flight departments, operators, aviation services organisations and aircraft manufacturers.  In a partnership with EBAA, all members of BBGA enjoy dual membership of both associations, similarly any UK based organisation seeking to join EBAA can do so via BBGA.  BBGA is based at Dorton, Aylesbury, Bucks.

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