MBO College Airport and KLM opens aviation logistics school
KLM and MBO College Airport, part of ROC van Amsterdam (Amsterdam Regional Training Centre), have developed a high quality simulation environment for aviation logistics at Schiphol. This merges KLM's business school with regular intermediary vocational courses to form a specialised school for aviation logistics. The new training centre at Hoofddorp was officially opened today.
The site in Diamantlaan, Hoofddorp – where ROC van Amsterdam has consolidated its (aviation) logistics courses – underwent a massive transformation over the summer. A completely new reconstruction of a baggage system was built, along with an apron and aircraft stands, and a hi-tech video room were practical situations and everyday scenarios can be simulated.
Unique partnershipUnique to this partnership between the ROC van Amsterdam and KLM is that both organisations will use the simulation environment. KLM will use it to train existing employees (as part of its life-long learning strategy) and lateral-entrants.
I am incredibly proud of our partnership with MBO College Airport. Together we have set up an entirely new course, including facilities, in less than a year. Our future KLM colleagues will be able to learn a profession here before they start work at KLM. They will follow a balanced theoretical and practical programme, which will teach them to load, unload, scan, and lift. The tempo will gradually increase so that they learn all the intricacies of the job and can effortlessly keep up when they start work.
Being able to practice working with Schiphol's logistical processes in highly realistic environments thoroughly prepares the MBO College Airport logistics students for work.
The practical opportunities for students and employees that this partnership brings, give an enormous boost to the talent pool that is available to KLM and Schiphol.
Both organisations are going to share their experiences and knowledge about the learning processes and digital support.
KLM has been an aviation pioneer for 100 years and is the oldest airline to still be operating under its original name.
KLM aims to be Europe's most customer-centric, innovative and efficient airline and to maintain a reliable operation with customer-centric products and services.
In 2018 KLM welcomed a record 34.1 million passengers aboard its flights. KLM offers flights to 162 destinations and operates a modern fleet of more then 214 aircraft.
The airline provides employment for more than 33,000 people all over the world. The KLM Group as a whole transported more than 41 million passengers in 2018. The KLM Group comprises KLM, KLM Cityhopper, Transavia and Martinair. KLM's network connects the Netherlands to every major economic region in the world, making it a powerful engine of the Dutch economy.
About MBO College Airport
MBO College Airport is one of 12 MBO colleges that come under the auspices of ROC van Amsterdam-Flevoland. MBO College Airport is one of the Netherlands' leading vocational colleges, offering courses in aviation and international travel and hospitality. More than 4,200 students are trained for jobs in the air transport sector, ranging from cabin attendant to aircraft mechanic, from logistics specialist and general and technical support, to airport security. Two introductory courses are also available. MBO College Airport works closely with the Aviation Community Schiphol, which is a public-private partnership of companies at Schiphol. More information is available at: www.MBOcollegeairport.nl