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Civil Aviation Minister inaugurates workshop on Skill Gap Analysis and Roadmap for Skill Development in Aviation Sector

New Delhi. Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju has called upon all stakeholders in the civil aviation sector to urgently address the problem of shortage of skilled manpower.

He was inaugurating a workshop on Skill Gap Analysis and Roadmap for Skill Development in the Civil Aviation Sector in New Delhi January 25. Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said there is a tremendous mismatch between the kind of skills available in the sector today and the kind of skills required and added stakeholders should come together to work out ways for skill development, taking into consideration the requirements and employment opportunities available in all segments of the civil aviation sector including MRO and cargo, both within and outside the country.

The Civil Aviation Ministry has hired ICRA Management Consultancy Services Ltd (IMaCS) to undertake a comprehensive skill gap analysis of the civil aviation sector and to formulate a future roadmap for skill development in the sector. IMaCS have now submitted their draft Report. The objective of today’s workshop was to discuss the recommendations of the draft report with all stakeholders before a final report is prepared.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary Civil Aviation Rajiv Nayan Choubey said there is an urgent need to address the skill gap that exists in the civil aviation sector, and called upon leaders of various sub sections of the sector to come up with suggestions and give their views on IMaCS’s draft report so that the future roadmap for skill development can be finalised.

Rohit Nandan, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said: “Our skill training should be of international standards and should be able to take care of growth prospects of the people being trained so that they are employable even outside the country.”

The draft report prepared by IMaCS has identified possible skill requirements across aviation segments like Airport, Airline, MRO, Cargo and Ground Handling. It has recommended building a robust training and skill building ecosystem through institutional strengthening, infrastructure and capacity planning, training process reengineering, strengthening funding mechanism and monitoring and evaluation. It has recommended, among other things, the setting up of a National Civil Aviation Training Authority and Cargo and Ground Handling Sector Skill Council.

Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Secretary Rohit Nandan, Aerospace and Aviation Sector Skill Council CMD TS Raju, senior officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and industry representatives attended the workshop.