The Ministry of Civil Aviation, in association with Air India’s engineering wing, Air India Engineering Service Limited (AIESL) and Boeing, jointly launched an apprenticeship programme for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs) in Delhi earlier this week to improve the employability of students passing out of AME training institutes through training and hands-on experience with actual aircraft.
Students passing out from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)-approved AME institutes will be eligible to apply to the one-year programme and will have to appear for an entrance examination, after which candidates will be selected based on their merit. Classes for the course will be held at the AIESL’s Mumbai facility beginning November this year.
Selected candidates would be trained academically with a substantial component of field experience using Standard Training Modules for Fixed Wing, Helicopters and Avionics Streams, prepared by the aviation industry and DGCA. Employers would pay a minimum stipend of Rs 3,542 per month. A Certificate of Competence, which is also recognised as a Certificate of Experience of one-year by the DGCA, would be issued by the establishment concerned to every successful Apprentice.
Marc Allen, president of Boeing International, said, “We are delighted to partner with Air India and the Ministry of Civil Aviation to support aircraft maintenance skilling initiatives through the Accelerated AME Apprenticeship Programme. We congratulate the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Air India for their vision and leadership, in taking proactive steps to develop a skilled aviation workforce anticipating the demand for new aircraft in the near future.” He added, “Considering employability is often related to the quality of skills, we are happy to help Air India with their endeavour to enhance the skills of students aspiring to join this fast-growing industry.”
The Comprehensive Skill Gap Report of the ICRA Management Consulting Services (IMaCS), submitted to the Ministry, highlights that 72,900 technicians and AMEs will be required by the industry by 2035. DGCA data indicates that 3,644 Basic Licences and only 159 type-rated AME licences were issued in the last five years. The Ministry is launching four inter-related initiatives.
Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation, said, “The MoCA is committed to increasing the skills and employability of young men and women who join the booming aviation industry. With our detailed four-pronged approach to skill development for AMEs, we are significantly upgrading their ability to hone their skills and find employment. Our learnings from this initiative will help us in expanding the scope to other trades and skills in the aviation sector.”