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Expanded range of offerings from VCATI

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Vision Concept Aviation Training Institute (VCATI) announced the launch of new courses that offer students who are also working part-time or full-time the opportunity to qualify for professional employment.

VCATI is now among the only 2 Institutes in UAE approved by BTEC-UK to offer Higher National Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering, awarded by Pearson. Also, VCATI is among the initial institutes to get approval for the Business Management Course from ATHE – UK. Both the Boards are regulated by Ofqual* UK.

Mahesh Kumar, Director of VCATI and VCATI PLUS says, “Both the programs are particularly suited to students passing out of school who are looking to gain relevant qualifications in a flexible fashion at an economical cost in less time. Many students passing out of school in the UAE have work opportunities that offer them a source of revenue as well as valuable work experience. The courses delivered by VCATI and VCATI PLUS are an ideal way to continue education while taking advantage of these work opportunities, because of the flexible training schedule saving time and money with no compromise on the quality of education and opportunities to progress to recognised universities around the world at each stage in the course. The programs train and equip students via classroom and practical training to a set curriculum of international boards so the education is like attending college. This aspect differentiates the courses offered by VCATI and VCATI Plus from long distance educational courses that train online only. The first batch of students will be enrolled in March and the second in June to accommodate students from the CBSE and ICSE school boards.”

At the launch of VCATI’s AME programme, the Institute had differentiated itself by committing on-the-job training to ensure employment in the industry, thus getting students from 15 different nationalities who are being trained to get jobs in UAE.  VCATI has also started training for Cabin crew and airport management & hospitality for ground staff in partnership with the Gulf Aviation Academy & Speedjet Aviation. All VCATI courses continue to be vocational. VCATI PLUS is committed to offering students internship opportunities to enhance their employment prospects. Students interested in entrepreneurial pursuits will be connected with VC Funding, so they have the opportunity to launch their own business ventures.

Captain Mohamed Obaid Al Suwaidi, Founder of VCATI says “We are committed to the needs of the industry. We launched our student courses with intake for aircraft maintenance engineering program two years back due to high industry demand and employment potential in the field and our partnership with KLM UK Engineering to offer B1.1 and B2 qualifications online was introduced last year. Our new courses will open opportunities to hundreds of professionals inside and outside the aviation industry to enhance their careers by qualifying for high potential jobs.”

Students passing Class X or equivalent can join Level 3 of either BTEC or ATHE – the equivalent to an A Level. The Level 4 Extended Diploma is the equivalent level to the first year of a bachelor’s degree. Level 4 may be undertaken by students who have completed Class XII or A levels. Following on from Level 4, Level 5 is equivalent to the second year of a bachelor’s degree. On Completion of Level 5 students can enrol in universities around the world for a bachelor’s degree or can continue to complete their Bachelors in the UAE itself. Cost of tuition is lower than standard fees with generous scholarships of 30 to 40% depending on merit.

Training defined as the perfect balance of Theory plus Practical experience is the norm at VCATI which leverages its industry partnerships. VCATI ensures that students are able to implement their knowledge in the industry environment. Beyond that VCATI has flexibility in class timings to offer opportunities to working young adults who want to progress aviation careers.

*Ofqual – The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation is a non-ministerial government department that regulates qualifications, exams and tests in England. Colloquially and publicly, Ofqual is often referred to as the exam “watchdog”.