The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)
has launched two initiatives which will expand aviation course
options for students, as well as promote awareness and interest in
aviation careers amongst the youth.
A new course, the Higher NITEC in Airport
Operations, will be launched in April 2018.
consultation with industry partners such as SATS and dnata, this
course will prepare students to work in airport ground handling –
ramp services, baggage handling, cargo handling and in-flight
catering operations – areas which will see more job opportunities
due to future airport development plans.
together with existing courses such as the Higher NITEC in
Passenger Services, will prepare students to take on a variety of
front-line service oriented jobs.
Ms Low Khah Gek, Chief
Executive Officer, ITE, said, “We are happy to collaborate with
CAAS on this new programme to nurture a new generation of
highly-skilled and service-oriented Ground Handling Specialists
who can find fulfilling careers in the aviation industry. With
high growth and transformation in the aviation industry, we will
continue to work closely with lead agencies and aviation companies
to promote career and growth opportunities for ITE graduates in
the aviation sector.”
CAAS has also renewed its MOU with the
Singapore Scout Association (SSA), to deepen
the partnership in increasing awareness of aviation careers
amongst youths through the Air Scout Co-Curricular Activity (CCA).
Launched in 2012, the Air Scout CCA provides members with
exposure to aviation, through activities such as flight
experiences and aeromodelling.
The renewed MOU aims to
strengthen CAAS and SSA’s collaboration, to further expand the
outreach capabilities of the Air Scout programme, broaden the
enrolment beyond students, as well as to promote partnership
between the Air Scouts and the wider aviation community.
Mr Kevin Shum,
Director-General of CAAS, said, “The Air Transport Industry
Transformation Map, announced earlier this year, aims to create
more than 8,000 new good jobs in the sector by 2025. It is crucial
that we augment the range of courses that prepare Singaporeans to
enter our industry. Doing so will provide more opportunities for
interested Singaporeans to pursue a career in aviation and to do
well as aviation professionals.”
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