"Being a member of the Network allows our company to access subsidised training. This has helped reduce our training budget costs and retain our staff."
David Ward, Business Development Specialist in Aviation, Lufthansa Technik Shannon
Benefits of Joining Aviation Skillnet
- To identify and address staff skills needs and staff shortages
- Reduce overall training costs
- Ensure staff retention
Prior to joining the Aviation Skillnet, Lufthansa Technik Shannon was already training technicians on-site through their Aviation Training School. However, certain courses were not available or could not be delivered due to costs or lack of expertise. For technicians to access this specialised training they had to leave the country, which brought high costs for the company.
The Aviation Skillnet has been vital in creating the all-important link between industry and education and helping to fund these necessary courses and get them off the ground. Educational institutions in Ireland, such as University of Limerick and Limerick IT, have now significantly increased both the quality and quantity of aviation courses they offer and can, most importantly, deliver these specialised courses locally.
According to David Ward, Business Development Specialist in Aviation at Lufthansa Technik Shannon, “You’re killing two birds with one stone. The individual employee is benefiting through access to these subsidised-courses they would otherwise not be able to attend, while the company is benefiting as they are getting a return on what they have put into the National Training Fund. Everyone is a winner.”
Since joining the Aviation Skillnet, Lufthansa Technik Shannon, and specifically their Aviation Training School, have had a partner that listened to their training needs, understood their current and future skill shortages, and supported them by organising training courses which address their key challenges.
Additionally, being part of the Aviation Skillnet has enabled Lufthansa Technik Shannon to get assistance through a number of different means such as networking opportunities with local businesses and sharing of knowledge, ideas, advice and best practice. This has allowed them to address both technical and non-technical skills needs and to respond more effectively to the specific skills needs of their business.
- Successfully addressed both technical and non-technical skills needs
- Training budget has been reduced
- Higher success rate of retaining staff
David recognises the full value of what a Skillnet Learning Network can offer a company in such a specialised sector: “As we all contribute towards the National Training Fund, being part of the Skillnet allows our company to get some of that back in the form of subsidised training. This has helped to reduce our training budget cost, to retain our staff and to give them access to courses that ordinarily they might not have had the chance to take part in. This is good for our staff and good for Lufthansa Technik Shannon.”