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Air, Defence and Space Matriculation

September 20 2021

The prestigious International Bomber Command Centre was the venue for the Air and Defence College (ADC) and International Air & Space Training Institute (IASTI) matriculation ceremonies today.

The events officially welcomed students from Lincoln, Peterborough and Stamford ADCs, as well as the first intake from Newark College’s IASTI.

Both the ADC and IASTI are still accepting students for courses this year, so if you want a career in military or civil aviation – get in touch soon.

Guest of honour Air Cdre Simon Harper OBE MA RAF said: “The RAF partnership with the Air and Defence College and the International Air and Space Training Institute is something we are extremely proud to support and encourage as it grows.

“The opportunities for those entering the Aerospace industry are significant and the students will benefit hugely from the courses run by the Colleges.

“We have already seen successful joiners start their career with the Royal Air Force and we look forward to seeing many more in the future along with our many partners.

“The variety of roles in the Royal Air Force is extensive and provide an interesting and rewarding array of future opportunities and personal development at the cutting edge of air and space power.”

New learner Travis Cozens, who was among those taking part in the ceremony, said it was great to have been part of an event that included members of the RAF.

“Many of us will go on to have roles in the RAF so it was really good to see members of the armed forces there. I want to join the RAF as a pilot and the best way of doing this is through the Air and Defence College.”

Head of Learning and Skills for Engineering and Technology Air & Defence College, Ross Tarnowski, said the ceremony is a unique experience for those on the start of their learner journey.

“It is fantastic to welcome our learners to the Air, Defence and Space Matriculation Ceremony at the International Bomber Command Centre,” he said.

“I am really pleased to be able to hold this important event in-person this academic year in such a special and poignant venue. This is a unique experience for our groups of students at the start of their learner journey and one that they will be able to warmly reflect upon in years to come.”

IASTI Newark prepares young people for careers as pilots, engineers and groundcrew in the civil aviation sector.

Director of IASTI Newark Tom Marsden said: “Today was a wonderful start to our students’ time with us. It helped them to understand the expectations of our employers and the exciting careers they are working towards.

“It’s not too late to join us this year, so if you are thinking about a career in aviation, please do get in touch to discuss your options.”

You can still apply for pilot and engineers courses at IASTI Newark. To find out more visit:

If you want to find out more about the ADC at Lincoln College, visit our website here Air and Defence College

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