Minister Varadkar launches DIT's BEngTech in Aviation Technology

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3rd April 2014: The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, TD, was the guest speaker at an Aviation Technology  Breakfast this morning to launch DIT's BEngTech in Aviation Technology to representatives of the aviation industry.  ‌

This is the DIT's first dedicated degree programme for the aviation industry and the first students enrolled on the programme in 2010. They will now become the first graduates to bring their expertise and knowledge to the aviation employment market when they complete their studies this summer. The programme was designed to meet a clear need in the area of aviation technology in the broader aviation sector, which has become so vital to competitiveness and efficiency of the Irish economy.  The degree, which was devised by DIT in consultation with industry, has been warmly welcomed by those in the field.

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In the course of his address Minister Varadkar commended DIT for recognising the importance of the aviation industry and for its track record since the 1950s in providing education and training programmes for the aviation industry. He drew particular attention to DIT's more recent efforts in aligning the SOLAS Aircraft Maintenance Apprenticeship curriculum to the EASA Part 66 Regulations.

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Declan Allen, Assistant Head,  School of Spatial Planning & Transport Engineering, DIT told the gathering  the Aviation Technology Breakfast was an opportunity for the current movers and shakers in the aviation industry to meet with the next generation.  He also stated that the students on the BEngTech in Aviation Technology were extremely high achievers with a passion for the aviation sector. He wished the students well in the final stages of their degree, and thanked them for playing such an important part in pioneering the new programme.

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