Up to 100 construction jobs will soon take-off at the new Qantas Group Pilot Academy at Toowoomba’s Wellcamp Airport, with the official turning of the first sod.

Minister for State Development Cameron Dick said construction of the Qantas Group Pilot Academy marks an important milestone in bringing more highly skilled jobs, training and career opportunities to the Darling Downs. “Construction of hangar, classroom and student accommodation facilities at Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport will create up to 100 direct jobs over the construction period, as well as more than 300 in the broader construction sector,” Mr Dick said. “Beyond the construction phase, up to 160 ongoing jobs in training and support are expected as the academy scales up to its full capacity of 250 students with significant flow-on benefits for local businesses.”

Mr Dick said the State Government has actively supported and advocated for regional Queensland since Qantas first announced it would build a pilot training academy in two regional locations. “Support from the State Government’s $150 million Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund was integral to bringing this academy to the Darling Downs, and I know it will deliver a lasting contribution to the local community,” he said.

Qantas Group Pilot Academy Executive Manager Wes Nobelius said, “We’re making good progress on the development of our new pilot academy, and together with our partners and the local community we look forward to welcoming our first students next month.”

Wagner Corporation Director Neill Wagner said, “We are proud that Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport is an enabler for regional growth here on the Darling Downs, securing more opportunities for employment and education in the aviation industry.”

Toowoomba Regional Council Mayor Paul Antonio said, “The academy will be a great asset for our region and will support our bold ambitions to build on the potential demand for aviation training and importantly maintenance and logistics industries. “This important piece of infrastructure is much more than just an airport as it has built a sense of self-belief throughout the community that has paved the way for further investment in the Toowoomba Region.”

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