The Minister of Civil Aviation Shri 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 today. Speaking on the occasion the Minister said that there is a tremendous mismatch between the kind of skills available in the sector today and the kind of skills required. He said 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 Ministry of Civil Aviation 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 road map 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. Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation Shri Rajiv Nayan Choubey, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Rohit Nandan, CMD, Aerospace and Aviation Sector Skill Council Shri T S Raju, senior officials of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and industry representatives attended the workshop. Speaking on the occasion Secretary Civil Aviation said that 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 road map for skill development can be finalised. Shri Rohit Nandan, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said that 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.