Delivered by Ayrshire College, in partnership with Chevron Aircraft Maintenance

6 week training course (full-time)


I am currently unemployed. If I attend this training course, will my benefits be affected?

No, you can undertake up to 12 weeks of full-time training while unemployed without your benefits being affected.

I am currently on furlough. Can I apply for this course?

Yes, this course is open to those who are under threat of redundancy or uncertain if they will be able to return to work with their current employer.

I live outwith South Ayrshire – can I still apply for the course?


Will I receive any expenses for attending this course?

If you’re in receipt of benefits, you may be eligible for support with travel costs from your home to the Training Centre. Please speak to your Job Coach for more information.

Do I need any qualifications or previous experience in the aerospace industry to apply?

No, the course is suitable for anyone who is interested in aerospace and keen to learn new skills.

What will the course content be?

The first two weeks will be a mixture of classroom based and hands on activities, focussing on aircraft theory such as flight, flying controls and propulsion; tooling; installation practices and handling of components.

The remaining four weeks will be spent mainly in the simulated hangar environment, carrying out practical tasks on real aircraft components, further developing hand skills, learning how to interpret engineering drawings, completing a number of aviation approved Part 147 training modules and undertaking valuable training on essential support functions, such as first aid, health & safety, forklift truck driving and safe use of high lift access equipment.

Do I need to bring any tools?

No, everything you need to undertake the course will be provided.

What are my options after completing the course?

This course provides you with valuable, transferable skills which will improve your employment prospects and could potentially open up a range of  future options for you, such as:

  • Seeking employment in the aerospace sector – one of the highest paid sectors in the area – particularly in aircraft decommissioning.
  • Following other career paths, such as trainee mechanic, sheet metal worker or roles in logistics, programme management, quality or administration, to name a few.
  • Applying for a Modern Apprenticeship.
  • Progressing to full-time education – after completing the ADP course, you will be eligible to apply for other relevant courses at Ayrshire College e.g. SVQ Performing Engineering Operations – Aeronautical  or NC Aeronautical Engineering depending on previous qualifications.

What facilities are there at the Training Centre?

The Skypath Aero Training Centre offers classrooms for theory work and a simulated hangar environment for practical work. There’s also a kitchen and toilets on site, and a fantastic café just across from the building.

What about COVID safety?

All current Scottish Government guidelines will be followed onsite, such as use of face masks and social distancing if applicable.

How to apply

If you’re interested in registering for this course please contact your DWP work coach who will support your application.

Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis, so don’t delay!

Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis, so don’t delay!

Skypath Aero Training Centre has been established through a training partnership between Ayrshire College, the University of Strathclyde and Chevron Aircraft Maintenance. Other partners include South Ayrshire Council and National Manufacturing Institute Scotland.

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University of Strathclyde Glasgow
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south ayrshire council

Funded by Scottish Funding Council

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