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KPMG India Signs Contract with AASSC for development of National Occupational Standards

New Delhi. The Aerospace and Aviation Sector Skill Council (AASSC) and KPMG in India (‘KPMG’) have signed an agreement in Bengaluru for development of occupational map for the aerospace and aviation sector.

These include design and development, manufacturing and assembly, airline operations, airport operations and Maintenance, Repair & Overhauling (MRO). The contract was signed by Mr D Peter Immanuel, CEO, AASSC and Mr Amber Dubey, Partner and Head, Aerospace and Defence at KPMG in India.

The occupational map shall list the possible job roles along with the skill levels in each sub-sector. Subsequently, KPMG to develop National Occupational Standards (NOS) for 70 job roles where there is high demand. This is a humungous task as there is a need to work with various industry players in the aerospace and aviation sector while drafting the NOS and getting their validation. After going through an elaborate process, the NOS for each job role shall be notified by Government of India.

AASSC is the apex body in skill development in the sector. It has been formed under the government and industry led initiative of skilling Indian labour force. The promoters of the company are Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Bangalore Chamber of Industry & Commerce (BCIC) and Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies & Industries (SIATI). KPMG is a globally renowned consulting firm. They have a strong presence in the aviation and aerospace domain.

Mr D Peter Immanuel, CEO of AASSC said that aerospace and aviation is a vast sector and very significant for the growth of the economy and the nation. It cuts across various strategically important themes such as Make in India, defence and security, self-reliance, civil aviation, transportation and infrastructure.

Amber Dubey, Partner and Head, Aerospace and Defence, KPMG in India, said that aviation and aerospace are sunrise sectors. India is likely to be the third largest aviation market by 2020 and perhaps the largest by 2030. This will require deep investments in the most critical resource – the human resource. We are proud to be associated with this important initiative of AASSC.

Skill development in the sector is characterised by high capital expenditure, modern technology, and need to work in regulated and quality conscious environment. Availability of high quality skilled manpower will give a fillip to the Make in India initiative, especially in manufacturing and MRO of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. A world-class skill infrastructure can improve productivity, quality and lower the cost of products and services; and can help India become a global aviation and aerospace hub in the near future.