Boeing India and AIESL sign MoU for AME apprenticeship programme
Younis Ahmad Kaloo
In order to improve employability of aircraft maintenance engineers (AMEs), Boeing India and Air India Engineering Services Limited (AIESL) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in New Delhi on August 1.
President Boeing India, Pratyush Kumar and CEO Air India Engineering Services Limited, H.R. Jagannath, signed the MoU in presence of Union minister for civil aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju, minister of state for civil aviation, Jayant Sinha, president of Boeing International Marc Allen, and others present on the occasion.
For this accelerated apprenticeship programme, those students who are from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)-approved AME institutes and have cleared paper 1 and paper 2 or equivalent modules conducted by DGCA, will be eligible to apply. The programme will consist of one year of theory and practical learning in a smart-classroom environment, including select CAR66 modules. Apprentices will also receive advanced training aids, supplemented by performing specific tasks on Boeing aircraft, to help strengthen the theoretical concepts learned in the classroom.
The first class will commence at the AIESL Mumbai facility in November 2017. At the end of the programme, successful candidates will receive a certificate from AIESL. They will also receive coaching on job interview skills.
In her welcome address, senior advisor ministry of civil aviation, Dr Renu Singh Parmar presented the statistics of the last five years according to which, of 8,600 students enrolled in various AME institutes 3,600 received basic licenses while only 159 got the type-rated AME licenses. “This is a very poor conversion rate,” said the senior advisor. “And this is what the ministry was very concerned about and we decided to do something about it.”
Pertinently, ministry of civil aviation is launching four inter-related initiatives to strengthen AME employability. These include upgrading training infrastructure, tracking system for skill development, facilitating degrees for AMEs, and standardising AME apprenticeship.
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