A group of 26 executives from companies of the Andalusian aerospace auxiliary industry will improve their management skills and knowledge about the keys for the aeronautics business thanks to new Aeronautics Business Management Program, promoted by Andalusian Aerospace Cluster Hélice and EOI, Industrial Organization School. It is an initiative that includes a course of qualification of 120 hours and a process of tutoring and monitoring aimed at providing support for the implementation of new projects and lines of business within the aerospace sector in Andalusia. The ultimate goal of the program is to increase the potential growth of the Andalusian auxiliary industry, which reached a turnover of 645 millions and a volume of employment of 8.090 workers, with an increase of 16% and 8% respectively in both ratios in 2011.

The course is part of the agreement signed by Cluster Hélice and EOI, and which has served to reiterate once again the good cooperation that both entities are showing the development for training programs related to the Andalusian aerospace sector professionals.

The programme was inaugurated on September 20 by Cluster Hélice director, Manuel Cruz, and EOI director in Andalusia, Francisco Velasco, who highlighted this tool for learning as a key element for increasing the competitiveness of small and medium companies in the Andalusian aerospace industry through training executives and managers with new entrepreneurial skills.

According to Mr. Cruz, the course aims to provide practical training that will supply the keys of the airline business to people who make the decisions in the Andalusian aerospace small and medium companies, opening perspectives and offering specific training on technological capabilities and future industrial operations, to then carry out care and track individual students, so they can receive the support they need to shift their ideas into projects and new lines of business. This training subsequently culminates with the development by participants of business plans along studies of economic and financial viability, and timetable for implementation.

The program is taught by leading experts and professionals of Airbus Military, the Advanced Centre of Aerospace Technologies (FADA-CATEC) and EOI, Industrial Organization School, as well as other subcontractors of the sector. Among students are managers of aircraft companies such as Airbus, Aernnova, Alestis, Ghenova, CT Ingenieros, Sofitec, Airgrup, TAM group, MP aircraft, Grabysur, Skylife Engineering, Canagrosa, Titania and Atis Ibérica, among others, as well as managers of small and medium companies in other industries interested in diversifying and entering in the aerospace sector.

The formative phase of the course is divided in three modules. The first one will provide general some keys about aviation business: market, contracts, partnerships, programs, future trends, supplying chain and available aid. The second module focuses on industrial operations area (systems of production, planning and logistics, quality and risk management, investment and financial analysis, etc...). And the third one will focus on capabilities and subsectors technology, specially on technologies with the greatest potential for future (UAVs, automation, simulation, etc...).

In line, individual tutoring with students about these contents and individual tutorials specifically aimed for the realization of concrete projects and the definition of new lines of business, will be established with 12 hours of tutoring average per pupil. “It is a methodology”, said Francisco Velasco, director of EOI Andalusia, “aimed at increasing the competitiveness of small and medium companies in the Andalusian aerospace industry through training of their managers with new entrepreneurial skills”.

This training action is integrated in the program CRECE, promoted by EOI Industrial Organization School, and counts with the co-financing of the European Social Fund, the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism and Cluster Hélice.