NHV and its partners have submitted a funding application to ESF (European Social Fund). This application was recently approved, and the project has been launched. Our project is named ‘ROTATE U’. 

Goal of the project
'Rotate U' enables the transition of aircraft technicians to become Type Trained helicopter technicians, who are ready to become Certifying Staff. By combining their expertise and knowdledge, the partners can offer a (1) basic conversion process, (2) certification and (3) Helicopter Type specialization in one single training program.
Within project 'Rotate U', we will be offering 2 conversion processes:

-> for Aircraft Technician (Mechanical) to become a Helicopter Technician (specific Category B1.1 to B1.3 + Type Training)
-> for Aircraft Technicians (Mechanical) to “add-on” the Avionic Technician certification (including an Avionics Type Training)

That way, low- or otherwise skilled technicians evolve to specific training levels to be deployable as widely as possible within the Flemish MRO sector.

Based in Ostend, NHV is a rapidly expanding helicopter operator and MRO service provider. The growth ambitions of NHV pose important challenges, especially on Human Resources as the required technical profiles become harder to find. The ESF project enables NHV to start an EASA PART-147 training academy. 
With ROTATE U, NHV wants to invest in its current employees, so they can continue to grow within our organization and provide them with the required knowledge to thrive in our evolving future. The trainings are also open for other companies who struggle with the same manpower issues and individuals who want to take the next step in their career. 

Petrus & Paulus West
Aircraft Maintenance College 66 (AMC66)

Supporting Partners
Sabena Aerospace

This project was made possible thanks to the support of ESF, the European Union and the Flemish government.
The ESF is responsible for the implementation and proper management of the programs of the European Social Fund in Flanders. In addition, ESF Flanders manages the European Integration Fund and the European Globalization Fund.
Every year, the ESF offers financial support, together with Flanders and Europe, for projects that aim to tackle social challenges on the labour market in an innovative way. The financial support enables economic actors and knowledge partners to develop and test new services or products that can provide answers to these challenges. 

More information about ESF Flanders can be found on: (Dutch only)