Educavia - Education for Aviation

Introduction

The aerospace sector is growing fast. For the next twenty years the aviation activities in our region our expected to double. This implies a steep rise in the number of jobs for aerospace engineers and technicians. At the moment the sector is looking at an unbalance in the number of qualified and certified technicians, the aerospace training and education and the demand from the industry.

To address these challenges effectively, several partners in aerospace education and the Dutch and Flemish aviation industry have teamed up in the interregional EDUCAVIA project.

Educavia connects (future) students, educational institutions and employers to ensure the best possible match between these three.

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Partners

The project partners within Educavia represent the majority of the stakeholders within aviation technology.

  • The Vlaams Luchtvaartopleidingscentrum ( (VLOC – Ostend, Belgium) and the Aircraft Maintenance & Training School (AM & TS – Hoogerheide, the Netherlands) are the reference for aviation training within the knowledge region, Flanders and the South of the Netherlands.
  • VIVES University of applied sciences(West Flanders, Belgium) and secondary education partner ZAVO (Zaventem, Belgium) each have years of experience in aviation education.
  • Employment agency Brussels Airport House is of great importance as a project partner for the link with the labour market.
  • Branch organisations Flemish Aerospace Group (FLAG) and Netherlands Aerospace Group (NAG) represent the Flemish and Dutch aviation industry. They will ensure transparent communication to their member companies and strengthen cooperation between the companies, educational institutions and the (potential) aerospace engineering students.

Objective and Goals

The main objective of Educavia is to create a knowledge region centred around aviation technology. This will result in a focused development and integration of aviation engineering studies, thus securing and strengthening the position of this high tech sector.

To make Educavia a success, several objectives have been defined:

Over the course of three year the cluster wants to

  • Improve the match between education with the industry’s demand;
  • Promote aviation education;
  • Develop and support new, innovative and uniform aeronautical techniques / training courses;
  • Synchronise the training of aviation technicians in the knowledge region;
  • Secure and develop the MRO sector in the knowledge region;
  • Secure and improve the cooperation of MRO companies in the field of training.

Support organisations

This project is made possible with the financial support of the following authorities: the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (VLAIO), the Province of Noord-Brabant, the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate (NL), Province of Flemish Brabant and Province of West Flanders.

About Interreg

Interreg Vlaanderen-Nederland subsidizes cross-border projects for smart, green and inclusive growth. It is funded from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The Interreg program between Flanders and the Netherlands is carried out on the territory of (parts of) the five Flemish provinces and the three southern Dutch provinces. In Flanders, this concerns the provinces of Antwerp, Limburg, East Flanders, Flemish Brabant (only the arrondissement of Leuven) and West Flanders (with the exception of the arrondissements of Veurne and Ypres). On the Dutch side, the area is formed by the provinces of Limburg, Noord-Brabant and Zeeland.

  • Innovation: strengthening research, technological development and innovation;
  • Sustainable energy: support for energy efficiency and renewable energy;
  • Environment and resources: protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency;
  • Labor: promoting employment and supporting labor mobility.

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