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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.

Employer Ownership of Skills Programme

FAC has a fantastic opportunity for companies to engage in the above project FREE of charge.

The NWAA (North West Aerospace Alliance) are currently working on the Project Management Workstream of the EOS programme which is designed with the future aim that Primes can agree a PM standard for UK Aerospace and communicate it to all suppliers, this will therefore enable Project Management skills and experience to be practised and consistently demonstrated throughout the SMEs in the Aerospace sector at a professionally recognised standard.

NWAA are currently looking for companies interested in engaging in the early stages of the work stream, which includes a workshop hosted by FAC and Airbus to address the following topics:

  • Establish an indicator of current project management standards (review the status of an existing project and risk management capability model- does it need updating?)
  • Industry experience of current training courses (effectiveness, relevance, impact on capability)
  • Feedback from supply chain on improving course content
  • Demand assessment (how do we keep the supply chain involved through the Workstream?)

From these workshops the NWAA are then looking to identify 20 companies across the UK to take part in the pilot for the work stream which includes funded places for benchmarking, mentoring and training on project management.

The workshop will take place on the 10th June and will run from 9:30am-1:00pm at Holiday Inn Farnborough
Availability to participate in this project is limited by the number of suppliers we are able to promote to Airbus for this fully funded part of the programme. I hope this opportunity is something you are interested in getting involved in and if so if you could please send details of who you would like to attend to

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 and final call of the current programme closed on the 14th May for the National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP).

In the South East Region we accepted 21 outline proposals and countrywide, over 90 came in.  This exceed everyone’s expections and only serves to confirm what a successful programme NATEP has turned out to be.

Over the next six months these Outline proposals will be assessed with successful projects commencing work in November.

During the same period it is hoped that further runding will be made available ti allow for a further 4 Calls – so watch this space for future updates – particularly if you have a project in mind!

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)

NATEP will support projects like these… (1.4 MB)

v6.0 NATEP Outline Proposal Form

NATEP Overview v2 (812.0 KB)



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