BRITISH power systems and engines giant Rolls-Royce will partner the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) to launch up to 11 new aerospace courses to support its future facility at Seletar Aerospace Park.

Many of the existing programmes offered by schools here centre on aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), but the new courses will focus on the manufacturing side of the business.

Currently, more than 90 per cent of Singapore's aerospace industry is tied to the MRO sector. But the balance will tilt a little when Rolls-Royce's new facilities are up and running.

The British company is expected to have its first facility ready by December. The factory will make engine fan blades for large aircraft.

It will be Rolls-Royce's first such plant outside its British headquarters.

Coupled with two other facilities it is building - a regional training centre and a plant to assemble and test engines - it will firmly establish the company as a key tenant at the aerospace park being built in Seletar.

Rolls-Royce, ITE in tie-up