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IATA & ICAO aviation training: No Country Left Behind


August 8, 2018. AASA news. The theme of AASA's 2017 AGA, Building Human Capital for African Airlines, highlighted the skills development and training challenges facing the African aviation industry. Addressing that AGA, Chris Zweigenthal, AASA'S CEO, issued a dire warning that if governments did not invest and focus on basic and tertiary education, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, airlines in Africa face a calamitous future; and Mandi Samson, AASA's Chairperson, emphasised that the scarcity of skills, especially in technical areas, must be addressed with a commitment to world-class training in order to ensure the safety of African skies.


IATA and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) are stepping up their efforts to address skills development and training in Africa and developing nations by offering a network of global training centres and industry-standard aviation training courses and programmes; and are committed to sustainable skills development and training by ensuring training is more accessible and affordable to developing nations. 


IATA has announced a 30% discount on more than 350 courses to developing nations,  reaffirming IATA's commitment to ICAO's No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative, whose goal is to ensure all States have access to the socio-economic benefits of safe and reliable air transport.


According to the latest ICAO 2018 Training Report (that offers news and features on civil aviation-related training developments), the global data explosion is transforming the training landscape, and education organisations are encouraged to keep up with the latest developments in technology and online learning trends.

The next generation of aviation professionals are mellennials and Generation Z: those born after the turn of the century. This generation wants new ways of learning over and above the traditional classroom in which their teachers were trained. This desire must be met while ensuring that the knowledge transfer is not diluted, because of either the way students train or the medium used. 
Guy Brazeau, Director of IATA Training and Consulting

About  ICAO's No Country Left Behind initiative

The No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative highlights ICAO’s efforts to assist States in implementing ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). The main goal of this work is to help ensure that SARP implementation is better harmonized globally so that all States have access to the significant socio-economic benefits of safe and reliable air transport.


The NCLB effort also promotes ICAO’s efforts to resolve Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs) brought to light through ICAO’s safety oversight audits as well as other safety, security and emissions-related objectives.

Article sources: airlines.iata.org/news/iata-training-aims-to-%E2%80%98nurture-talent%E2%80%99-in-developing-nationsairlines.iata.org/analysis/training-the-next-generation, and icao.int/about-icao/NCLB/Pages/default.aspx

IATA Aviation Training

IATA Training aims to develop careers and a workforce that makes the aviation industry safe, secure, and sustainable. IATA Training offers flexible training solutions in a classroom, distance learning, virtual or in-company format. Their courses range from Air Navigation Services to Cargo, Safety, Security, and Travel and Tourism.

IATA offers flexible learning including classroom trainingin-company trainingdistance learning, and virtual training. Study distance learning and classroom courses through one of IATA's Global Training Partners in locations around the world or earn international recognition with their Academic Partner programmes. You can find an accredited training school in Africa here.

Download the IATA 2018 Training Course Catalogue for more information on programmes and courses offered, regional training partners, authorised training centres and accredited training schools.

International Airline Training Fund (IATF)

The International Airline Training Fund (IATF) is a non-profit foundation whose purpose is to bridge the training gaps for airlines in regions of the world where it is most needed. Training opportunities are offered in most areas of the airline business, but priority is given to training in airline's operational safety.

ICAO Aviation Training 

ICAO's Global Aviation Training (GAT) is the focal point of contact for all ICAO training related activities. It is responsible for the planning, management and coordination of all ICAO aviation training activities ensuring the efficient, effective and harmonized implementation of the ICAO Training Policy. 

GAT aims to lead Human Resources Development strategies established by Member States and the aviation community to ensure they have access to a sufficient number of qualified and competent personnel to operate, manage and maintain current and future air transport system at prescribed international standards for: Aerodromes, Air Transport, Training Competency Development, Environment, Air Navigation Services, Flight Safety and Safety Management, and Security and Facilitation

ICAO operates TRAINAIR PLUS a cooperative network of training organizations and industry partners working together to develop and deliver ICAO-harmonized training packages. These packages include: Standardized Training Package; ICAO Training Package; Compliant Training Package; and the Partner Training Package . 

Download the ICAO 2018 Course Catalogue for more information on programmes and courses offered. 

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