Digital training programme implemented at Flying Colours


As part of its continuous improvement efforts, MRO and completions specialist Flying Colours has introduced a digital training programme that is already being used by more than 100 employees across its three sites in Canada, the USA and Singapore.

Implemented pre-pandemic, the in-house e-learning platform is designed to deliver a long-term solution for sharing knowledge and skills across the company as it follows its ambitious expansion plans.

Qualified AME technician and long-time employee Spencer Hoggarth is leading the programme. With his professional experience, technical know-how and familiarity with Flying Colours’ business, Hoggarth is designing modules that best meet the varied needs of the company’s training requirements – from upholstery and cabinetmaking through to maintenance, avionics and paint work.

Supporting Hoggarth, nominated training leads from each department guide course content, providing relevant materials including document reviews, assessments, subject matter expert videos and necessary exams. An instant update feature details current training needs as well as each department’s status in terms of real-time development. Online learning is complemented by on-the-job training from qualified team members.

“In a dynamic industry, and with current travel and social distancing restrictions, it’s challenging to stay current with the latest techniques,” said Hoggarth. “Continual training is vital for the industry and for our workforce, which is why we’re investing in the new tech. The customisable digital platform gives us the ability to create content relevant directly to Flying Colours, the industry and our customers. The training is already demonstrating benefits in terms of the skills development and professional improvement for technicians. This is helping with company productivity, which enables us to keep meeting and exceeding our customer expectations.”

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