Territory VET Students are Up, Up and Away
Aviation Australia was proud to be at the official launch of our partnership with the Northern Territory Government last week to train aspiring aircraft mechanics while they are still at school.
For the first time this year, a two year Certificate II in Aircraft Line Maintenance has been offered to Year 11 Vocational Education and Training (VET) students in Darwin and Alice Springs.
The nationally accredited qualification will provide pathways to employment or further study in the growing field, while also providing credit towards the attainment of the NT Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET).
This year’s 27 enrolled students are learning from leading aviation professionals one day a week at the Care Flight hangar at Darwin Airport and the Chartair hangar in Alice Springs. Chartair have also donated three twin engine piston aircraft to be used for practical training over the two locations.
Care Flight General Manager, Phillip Roberts, noted that the program “is about working together to increase training and employment opportunities for young people, and bringing young people to the Territory. Care Flight is delighted to support this training program by providing hangar space and helping make this education initiative possible”.
Demand for qualified aircraft technicians is expected to grow to more than 600,000 over the next 20 years, as the global aeronautics industry continues its rapid expansion.
The Certificate II in Aircraft Line Maintenance provides basic knowledge and skills to enable students to perform a range of maintenance tasks on aircraft on a flight line or at the departure gate.
Minister for Education, Selena Uibo, stated that the NT Government’s “number one priority is jobs for Territorians and a big part of this is suitably skilling local people to take up local jobs. We are proud to have partnered with industry to deliver a program that gives our young people the opportunity to experience firsthand an exciting, growing industry that will deliver job opportunities for many years to come.”
The support for this program that has been received from the Aviation industry has been phenomenal and is greatly appreciated. Aviation Australia is especially grateful to Chartair and Care Flight for the ability to train the students at their facilities.
Chartair Chief Executive, Sarah Dewar, said that “Chartair is proud to be a sponsor and partner of this great initiative and we look forward to it producing the engineers of the future.”
Aviation Australia is pleased to expand our program in the NT and create pathways for students interested in a career in aviation. We wish the 2019 students all the best as they continue their aviation studies.View news archive