Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SpiceJet to train 70-75 aircraft maintenance engineers each year

SpiceJet aims to train up to 75 aircraft maintenance engineers under its apprentice programme every year as the airline looks to nurture talent in-house. Against the backdrop of skilled manpower shortage in the fast-growing domestic aviation sector, the airline would provide employment to students who successfully complete the apprentice programme.
The initiative would help in improving skills of the students with increased focus on practical training, SpiceJet’s Senior Vice President (Engineering and Maintenance) Arun Kashyap said.
“Initially, we plan to train around 70-75 people every year,” he told PTI.
The programme, which was started in August 2016, is divided into two phases — three months of classroom teaching and nine months of hands-on training.
So far, 22 students have completed their classroom course and the new batch started earlier this month.
Kashyap said that the airline is in discussions with aircraft engine makers, including Pratt & Whitney, with respect to the apprentice programme.
There is a shortage of skilled manpower to the tune of 300-500 people for the domestic airlines. These are mainly for technicians, and certifying staff, he noted.
Those inducted into the apprentice programme are generally students who have completed their aircraft maintenance engineering course having two-and-a-half to three years duration.
20/03/17 PTI/The Indian Express

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