The new training facility is based in an old gym - something not lost on the crew who will be attending ICT from December onwards. The new facilities include a gym and swimming pool (the latter will also be used for water-based training courses), as well as a business lounge and galley dedicated to crew, including desks and laptops for work - all of which are available to any crew training with ICT.
The new facilities mean, in December, ICT's training offering will have tripled in size. "We want to be the best training facility in the world: the courses that are offered; the quality of the courses that are offered; and the overall experience," said Jay Lasner, chief executive officer at ICT. "We're trying to create a destination."
The expansion comes both from the training provider's desired message to crew - "we really care" - as well as a response to industry growth. "The industry is changing; it's growing. We have to be professional at what we do [and] we have to change for the industry," explains Brian Luke, chief operations officer at ICT.
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