Fill­ing the skill gap

To fill the de­mand for skilled man­power, GMR Avi­a­tion Academy has de­cided to ex­pand its hori­zons. talks to PS Nair, CEO- Cor­po­rate, Air­port Sec­tor GMR Air­ports to know more...

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RATAN KR PAUL “We

had an im­me­di­ate ob­jec­tive of pro­vid­ing pro­fes­sional train­ing and en­hanc­ing the knowl­edge and skill-set, pre­dom­i­nantly of GMR Air­ports per­son­nel,” said Nair. The fo­cus was to ad­dress the tech­ni­cal com­pe­tency gaps, min­imise de­pen­dence on ex­ter­nal ven­dors in de­sign­ing var­i­ous train­ing pro­grammes and pro­vid­ing tal­ented man­power for the global avi­a­tion in­dus­try, es­pe­cially for Asia-Pa­cific re­gion. Within a very short span of time the academy has emerged as a global gate­way for avi­a­tion learn­ing, thanks to its ac­cred­i­ta­tion by world-renowned avi­a­tion bod­ies like ACI, IATA, ICAO, DGCA and BCAS.

GMR Avi­a­tion Academy has al­ready started of­fer­ing train­ing to fresh stu­dents as well as in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als. It is also plan­ning to tie up with many renowned univer­si­ties that have ex­celled in avi­a­tion stud­ies. “As a sig­nif­i­cant agree­ment, about 3500 AISATS peo­ple from Pas­sen­ger Ser­vice and Ramp Ser­vice dis­ci­plines are be­ing trained We have also re­cently signed an MoU with Celebi ground han­dling in Delhi to train about 500 of their em­ploy­ees in DGR,” in­formed Nair. In view of the in­creas­ing de­mand from the in­dus­try in­clud­ing air­lines and travel agents GMR Avi­a­tion Academy has de­cided to fur­ther in­ten­sify its ini­tia­tives for the in­dus­try.

Nair as­serted that GMR Avi­a­tion Academy is known for its pro­fes­sional stan­dards and an ideal train­ing cen­tre for stu­dents and pro­fes­sion­als of air­ports, air­lines, cargo, safety, se­cu­rity, travel agen­cies, tour op­er­a­tors, other air­port ser­vice providers and cor­po­rate avi­a­tion. The academy has its own dis­tinc­tive ad­van­tage of util­is­ing the air­port fa­cil­i­ties for hands- on prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence for the course par­tic­i­pants. It plans to amal­gate the GMR man­aged Asia-Pa­cific Flight Train­ing Academy for pi­lot train­ing. It has al­ready ac­quired three Di­a­mond DA 40 air­craft for pi­lot train­ing. “We have a strong fac­ulty for ca­ter­ing to all as­pects of the avi­a­tion, travel & tourism and air cargo in­dus­try. De­pend­ing on the na­ture of train­ing, we also de­pute our fac­ulty mem­bers to the clients’ premises to con­duct train­ing,” Nair added.

GMR Avi­a­tion Academy is an Au­tho­rized Train­ing Cen­ter (ATC) for var­i­ous IATA and ACI pro­fes­sional cour­ses. With its suc­cess­ful launch and com­ple­tion of train­ing for the first IATA batch, the Academy is now set to start the next batch. The on­go­ing train­ing pro­grammes in­clude IATA (3month part-time) cour­ses in travel & tourism, air­port op­er­a­tions, cargo in­tro­duc­tory course and DGR.

PS Nair

CEO-Cor­po­rate, Air­port Sec­tor GMR Air­ports

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