The UK-based NPTC Group of Colleges has jumped on the drone bandwagon by launching a drone academy.
The three-strong college group in Wales rolling out the drone academy in partnership with RUAS, the longest standing National Qualified Entity accredited by the UK CAA for the provision of training courses for drones.
The academy will allow learners to achieve a Level 4 NVQ provisionally titled Principles and Operations of Drones.
Approval of these qualifications to display compliance and competency in drone operations would put NPTC Group of Colleges and RUAS at the forefront of the industry, with the college starting to offer these courses in the autumn.
These will allow the next generation of drone pilots to gain the skills needed to support the ever-growing list of businesses who are seeing the benefit of using drones in their company. With the impact of drones on industry increasing, so is the requirement for remote pilots who possess the relevant and recognised skills needed to safely and legally fly.
NPTC Group of Colleges has responded to this developing industry by training, through RUAS, 17 of their team to the standard of a commercial drone operator.
Mark Dacey, chief executive officer and principal of the NPTC Group of Colleges, said: “To deliver a quality service we are delighted to be working with RUAS as we share capability to provide drone operations using the expertise of both organisations.
“The opportunity this presents to Wales, employers and individuals across most business sectors is excellence in drone training operations. This will also provide opportunities worldwide, and we are already in advanced discussions with institutions in a number of countries.”
Mark Jones, head of unmanned aviation at RUAS, said: “We have trained remote pilots both nationally and internationally across industries including the emergency services, international media and government organisations. As part of our relationship with NPTC Group of Colleges, we are pleased to have trained their staff to help deliver courses, and we are excited to be part of this development of drone training and awareness across Wales.”