Indian Aviation Academy: Lack of skilled manpower
lack of skilled manpower
The air cargo industry has a shortage of skilled manpower. Traditionally, the Indian logistics and air cargo industry relied on training the employees on-the-job. The situation is changing now but the pace is yet to pick up.
it is heartening that many of our industry operators have adopted well with the modern systems with collaborations from the import partner and exporting counterparts in other countries. The operators in other Asian countries, Europe and Americas are much more advanced with modern infrastructure, technology, state-of-art facilities and highly skilled manpower.
There is a need for formal training in different processes of air cargo management and logistics industry in India, if it has to keep pace with the fast-paced developments elsewhere in the world. Today, logistics is not merely movement of goods. It has been replaced by supply-chain management. It is logistics, end to end.
Technology has become an important enabler. It interfaces at each stage of the movement of goods. It could, at the same time, be a hindrance, if the organisations involved in supply chain management are not adept or prepared. Today, every market operation is online. The air cargo operators are connected with the production and distribution centres. They have to act in real-time to meet the timelines, being an important link in the distribution process encompassing all modes of transport.
what should the industry do
Airports Council International (ACI) has predicted doubling of air cargo movement i.e. approximately 260 million metric tonnes by 2031. India has seen just over 22 million metric tonnes in all its 127 airports and combined for domestic and international air cargo. India is predicted to become the third major economy after USA and China by mid-century. It has already overtaken Japan in purchase power parity. But just imagine the difference in the total value of GDP 1.8 trillion compared to over 6 trillion dollars of China. All this means that there is a lot of potential for growth of air cargo and logistics and that sky is the limit.
So if we have to reach the required volumes of the GDP, we have to think seriously. We ought to think of getting together with the Universities, Education and Training organisations to secure industry specific courses for their employees so that they can match the highest standards of knowledge and skills needed to perform efficiently in the system.
indian aviation academy
I had the privilege of heading the Indian Aviation Academy as a Founder Director and develop the industry specific training courses in diverse aviation management fields. The courses included air-cargo management, DGR (basic and refresher) and AV-SEC air cargo.
The Academy is the first autonomous organisation of its kind in the country, recognised by ICAO and IATA, dedicated to capacity building in civil aviation sector. It is jointly promoted by Airports Authority of India, Director General of Civil Aviation and the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security. The academy is fully established with approximately hundred training programmes from 3 days to 10 weeks in airport operations, air cargo management, DGR, airport engineering, commercial aspects and general management functions such as finance and human resources. ICAO international fellowships are also held at the academy along with BCAS courses including Aviation Security, Aviation Security Auditors trainings. Meanwhile, IAA has been recognised internationally. It has been handpicked and awarded ‘International Arch of Europe’ for its exceptional achievements in quality education and training in aviation.
After being a part of air cargo and aviation industry for over 36 years, I think a lot is yet to be done in the area of preparing human resources to meet the challenges. There is no short cut to achieving efficiency. One has to take a holistic view of the human resource requirements and its development to shoulder the responsibilities in different areas of operation with appropriate specialised training. ACAAI and FFFAI have devoted considerable effort in this direction and I am sure they are aware of its importance in meeting the challenges and growing their business.