DELHI: The government is in discussions with plane manufacturers Airbus and Boeing to set up a “finishing school” to train aircraft maintenance engineering mechanics.
The Civil Aviation Ministry’s move is a part of efforts to address the skilled manpower crunch in the domestic aviation sector, which has been growing at over 20 per cent for the last two years, reports PTI.
“In the form of a partnership with Airbus and Boeing, we will be launching a finishing school. Here, we will have a one-year long course where diploma holders can seek an entrance, get training and enhance their employability,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said today.
Along with Airbus and Boeing, the ministry expects to open 7-8 such centres across the country, which he said would help plug the gaps in the skill development chain.
“We expect several airlines to be a part of this, which will guarantee these students an employment after completing a structured apprenticeship programme,” Sinha said.
In due course, such a system would also help in increasing the demand for Indian Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs) globally, he added.