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Farnborough Aerospace Consortium (FAC) is a not-for-profit trade association acting as a facilitator of business between large global primes and the supply chain and as an enabler of business support to its members and partners. It is one of the largest and most established aerospace and defence associations in the UK, providing support to, and furthering the long-term strategic growth of the sector in the South East.

Opportunity for students for work experience!

The FAC are working with Rushmoor Borough Council, together with the local community, who have excellent relations with Rushmoor’s European partnership towns in France, Germany and Poland

One of the consequences of a particularly successful student exchange programme is that some of our local A-level students are now able to undertake short work experience placements in businesses and organisations in our twin towns, which they find very valuable.

We would like to be able to offer similar opportunities here for students from our twin towns and are looking for local companies that would be interested in taking part in this scheme.  We would like to emphasise that any student coming here will be in further/higher education or at university and is therefore likely to be 18 years of age or older.  We will always request student details and a CV so that you are able to assess suitability and possible opportunities well in advance.  There is no expectation that students are paid during work experience placements.

Accommodation arrangements would be made either by the student or the Twinning Association of Rushmoor, which manages the links with Europe on behalf of the Council.  However, if companies had colleagues willing to provide accommodation on a paying-guest basis, we would be happy to add them to our list of host families.

If you feel you could offer some work experience to these students, please send us an email with your details.

Aviation industry urged to do more to tackle Cyber Risk:

The aviation industry is behind in terms of its response and readiness to the threat posed by cyber criminality whether from criminals, terrorists, nation states or hackers.

It has been warned that regulators, manufacturers and operators are only now waking up to the pervasive nature of cyber threats. FAC are concerned that cyber risk is not viewed as a significant and we are here to tell you it is!

The aviation sector is particularly vulnerable to risk of cyber vulnerabilities because there is such heavy reliance upon digital capability and the very high degree of integration in a very sophisticated supply chain. Vulnerability and weakness in any part of the supply chain can and does have significant impact.

We are therefore holding an event on 23rd July which we feel is one of the events that you MUST attend.   Do not think that your IT department has everything under control because the major players of this world thought that and guess what – they did not.   There will be an insistent in the not too distant future from the majors that to be part of their supply chain you will have to be able to supply non-vulnerability assurances.

Who should attend: CEO’s, IT Personnel, Office Managers ……

Call us today to reserve your place: 01252 375 600








The 5th call is now open (closing date 14th May 2015) for the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP)

Latest News Release: 
Matched funding of up to £150K is available for the UK Aerospace Supply Chain Technology/R&D projects developed within a consortium.

Are you thinking about a new product/material or process, never before thought of?  Do you have a Prime looking for something better, stronger, lighter or just quicker – you could qualify for funding.

For more information:

To express an interest in applying for support through the NATEP programme please complete and return the NATEP Outline Application Form (see below).

For all application enquiries contact:
Alan Maskell: Tel: 01252 375 600 M: 07768 387 833

Guidance & Scoring Scheme for Outline Proposal Assessment (161.3 KB)

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