The crews and maintainers of the 2200 Avante Class corvettes built in the nearby shipyard will be trained in the NTC.

The centre will enhance Navantia capability to offer training services to its clients, strengthening Navantia’s commitment to the development of future professionals in the naval sector.

Navantia has opened in the city of San Fernando, Cádiz, Spain, its Navantia Training Centre (NTC), which will be a key asset for the company in its pursuit of excellence and a leading training centre in the naval industry.

The NTC will host both internal and external activities. Three main lines of in-house activities are planned for the NTC: training programmes for ship crews; training and coaching for Navantia personnel; and exclusive events such as conferences, seminars, technological events, exhibitions, team boosters, internal communication events, marketing 4.0 and commercial intelligence activities, Corporate Social Responsibility activities, etc.

Thus, the centre will project the company’s image both inside and outside Spain, allowing the development of training programmes and other activities for the naval and defence industry. As a company that provides integral solutions, with NTC, Navantia will be able to offer an added value service to the international Navies. The centre was formally inaugurated on 3 May by the Chairman of Navantia, Ricardo Domínguez, and the Mayoress of San Fernando, Patricia Cavada.

The centre has put in place Navantia’s largest training programme in its history, which is intended for the crews of the corvettes for the Royal Saudi Naval Forces (RNSF) currently under construction at the Bahía de Cádiz shipyard. Over two years, a total of 670 people will be trained in this centre, belonging to the different groups of apprentices – five crews, repair facility maintainers, instructors and engineers.

Moreover, NTC will start its activities in the technological field on 12 May, hosting a conference on unmanned vehicles applications in the naval and offshore sector organised by the Cadiz Naval Maritime Cluster, with CATEC (Advanced Centre for Aerospace Technologies) and with the collaboration of the Cadiz Province Council.

The NTC is located in the ‘El Barco’ building thanks to a collaboration agreement between the San Fernando City Council and Navantia, which has been refurbished into a training centre with state-of-the-art equipment.

In its 4,000 square metres, it houses 17 classrooms, several Navantis series simulator classrooms (including the Navantis Avatar Immersion Tool), a welding simulator classroom, five Avatar system classrooms, a VR/AR room, a conference room, a multi-purpose room, different meeting rooms, a canteen and a number of agile spaces.

This NTC building is the first Navantia building to incorporate the new “open space” corporate workspace design throughout the entire surface area. In addition, the centre is equipped with a powerful integrated audiovisual system that provides, in addition to other features, full connectivity for e-learning.

‘This NTC is entirely integrated in Navantia’s Strategic Plan. It is designed to be a key element for the training of our personnel and a centre of attraction for future training services programmes with national and foreign clients’, explained Domínguez.

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