Aerospace training centre opens

By Robert Frank

Laval’s new million training facility for aerospace workers will launch tomorrow, in an initiative that will bolster Laval’s position in Quebec’s thriving aerospace sector.

Training centre director Stéphane Arsenault has invited news media to tour the Rossignol boulevard premises during the Institut de Formation aérospatiale’s (IFA) official opening, Nov. 28.

The non-profit organization has provided skills training to Quebec’s aerospace sector since 2005.

It originally focused on supporting companies that dealt closely with Quebec aerospace giant Bombardier, but its role has since evolved to bolster the province’s entire aerospace sector.

IFA said in a statement that Bombardier still plays a supporting role, “investing and contributing equipment, material and human resources.”

Most of IFA’s efforts are directed toward helping some 40, mostly small- and medium-sized aerospace firms that might otherwise not have sufficient funds to attain the critical mass they need to provide the sort of training that IFA offers.

In making the shift, IFA has significantly ramped up the number of people whom it trains each year.

In 2012 alone, more than 12,000 individuals participated IFA-run aerospace training.

The aim, IFA said, is to “develop a ‘culture of competence’, especially for small- and medium-sized enterprises, who strive to become and remain competitive players in the global aerospace supply chain.”

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