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TAFE College Seremban signs MoA with AirAsia

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Friday, 1 February 2008

Kolej TAFE Seremban has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with AirAsia to complement AirAsias current engineering training programme which is conducted at the AirAsia Academy. This MoA will also cater to the growth of the mid and long term manpower requirements specifically in the aircraft maintenance engineer training of the airline industry.

Currently, AirAsia conducts its own Engineering Apprenticeship Programme at its Academy in KLIA based on the EASA Part 66 format. Thus, the trainees for licensed aircraft maintenance engineer would have to go through licensed Part 66 module 1-17 in order to be certified by the Department Civil Aviation (DCA). The MOA with TAFE College was initiated to support AirAsias training programme which includes the use of TAFEs workshop facilities for module 6 and 7, consequently for the completion of the basic engineering skills training.

The EASA Part 66 training programme adopted by AirAsia, will enable the trainee engineers to qualify as Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers recognized by the European and International standards. This is vital as the current local aircraft maintenance licensing system is based on the previous UK CAA licensing system. EASA develops common safety and environmental rules at the European level which has been increasingly implemented by many countries globally.

The program incorporates recommended learning areas and technology in line with academic requirements. These apprentices would be the human capital asset to AirAsia, as they would contribute towards improving service, in line with the countrys aspiration to be a regional MRO hub.

Dato Tony Fernandes, Group CEO of AirAsia Berhad said, This training is important as it provides the constant supply of competent engineers to meet the dynamic needs of the aviation industry in Malaysia. We are pleased to undertake this venture with TAFE COLLEGE to the aspiring individuals who yearn for a challenging, enjoyable career path and also the opportunities that comes along with it as aviation engineers.

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