UKMFTS is a 25 year Private Finance Initiative contract valued at £3.2Bn which was contracted with Ascent Flight Training (Management) Limited in 2008 following a competitive exercise.
The key purpose of Ascent within UKMFTS – as set out in the Statement of Requirements – is to integrate all of the necessary components of the training system into a single coherent, efficient and flexible whole so that aircrew are trained in the right quantities and to the right quality.
The role of Ascent within UKMFTS:
- The training design role, which relates to the strategic, non-operational activities of training analysis, design, planning and project management that underpins the performance of the Services as a whole; and
- The training service delivery role, which relates to the day-to-day delivery and management of training and its performance.
The role of the DFT within UKMFTS:
DFT is responsible for pan 22 Gp Air Safety Assurance and Regulation, engineering and logistical support, and continuing airworthiness assurance. As well as acting as the Training Requirement Authority for UKMFTS delivered flying training and Central Flying School owned training including aircrew instructor training.
In addition to this, DFT also provides second party assurance of UKMFTS training delivery with the responsibility to ensure that the Training Service Partner is held to account.