The NGAP was initiated and launched by ICAO to ensure that enough qualified and competent aviation professionals are available to operate, manage and maintain the future international air transport system. This is critical in global as a large contingent of the current generation of aviation professionals will retire, access to affordable training and education is increasingly problematic, and aviation competes with other industry sectors for highly skilled professionals. The lack of harmonized competencies in some aviation disciplines and a lack of awareness by the “next generation” of the types of aviation jobs available further compounds the problem
In order to promote and gain leverage for NGAP among all stakeholders, it is critical to adopt a data-driven approach that justifies the future investment of resources in NGAP initiatives. ICAO initially launched the NGAP programme in 2009 to address the forecasted shortage of aviation professionals.
Due to the importance of NGAP issues, ICAO has determined that it is critical to provide greater support to this work and, as a result, has elevated the NGAP initiative to an ICAO Programme. The ICAO NGAP Programme will be incorporated into the ICAO Global Plans, both for safety and air navigation, as well as the ICAO Business Plan and Work Programme.
NGAP Sri Lanka programme was officially launched at the 53rd DGCA conference - 2016 in the presence of Hon. Minister of Transport & Civil Aviation, President of ICAO, Secretary General of ICAO, Regional Director (Asia & Pacific Region) ICAO, Secretary and Additional Secretary- Ministry of Transport & Civil Aviation, Chairman - CAASL, Vice Chairman - CAASL, DGCA & CEO - CAASL, The Delegates, Director Generals of Civil Aviation in Asia & Pacific Countries and Several other well-known personalities in aviation, were present to witness this short but colorful informal launching Ceremony. Over forty school Children representing assorted school Aeronautical societies, who shall be the future beneficiaries of NGAPSL programme, invited by CAASL activity participated in the Programme.
International level provision
ICAO concepts on Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP)
Reference to http://www.icao.int/safety/ngap/Pages/default.aspx
It has been recognized by the international aviation community that there will be an anticipated shortage of skilled aviation professionals in the near future. In order to address this important issue, ICAO launched the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) initiative to ensure that enough qualified and competent aviation professionals are available to operate, manage and maintain the future international air transport system.
National level provision
A National Civil Aviation policy for Sri Lanka
Reference to – Section 23 (Human Resources Development) of above policy document linked in,
The Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL) recognizes the importance of a trained, qualified, experienced and skilled aviation workforce to steer the industry forward, safely and professionally. In this context, the GoSL will join hands with the ICAO in promoting Next Generation Aviation Professional (NGAP) Programme in Sri Lanka whereby future human resources are identified and appropriate training provided.
To be a multitalented Aviation community that has sufficient competent human resources to support safe, secure, efficient and sustainable Air Transportation system.
To develop strategies, best practices, tools, standards and guidelines as applicable and to facilitate information sharing activities that assist the state Aviation community in attracting, educating, training and retaining the next generation of Aviation professionals, thereby developing their enthusiasm in the industry and providing them with opportunities to serve the Aviation industry.
Reference - ICAO 39th session of Assembly
Establishment of a national forum to communicate and assist industry stakeholders in identifying their long-term human resources needs and establishing strategies to attract, educate, training and retain aviation professionals.
Assistance to industry by providing guidance and tools for engaging the next generation and promoting aviation amongst youth as a viable career.
- Chairman, CAASL
- Members of the CAASL board
- Secretary, Ministry of Transport & Civil Aviation
- Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education
- Secretary, Ministry of Education
- Secretary, Ministry of Public Enterprise Development
Members of the National Committee,
(Nominated by DGCA and CEO of CAASL)
6. Consultant to the NGAP Sri Lanka Programme - Mr. Rayhan Wanniappa, Director, Air Transport & Economic Regulations - CAASL
7. Vice Secretary to the NGAP Sri Lanka Programme - Mr. N Navajeevan, Civil Aviation Inspector, Air Traffic Management OPS - CAASL
8. Head of Aviation Professional Development Committee - Ms. Chanika Manawaduge, Assistant Manager, International Relations - CAASL
9. Mr. Devinda Abeygunawardena - Chief Instructor(Electronics), AASL
10. Mr. Thivanka Weerasinghe - Chief Instructor/ ATS - AASL
11. Mr. Anura Gallella - Manager Training and Standards, Engineering Quality and Safety - Sri Lankan Airlines Ltd
12. Mr. Sampath Soysa - Training Facilitator, Sri Lankan Aviation College
Overall Roles and Responsibilities
The NGAP Sri Lanka Programme National Committee assists the NGAP Sri Lanka programme with its responsibilities for its mission, vision, objective and Master Action Plan.
The specific responsibilities of the NGAP Sri Lanka Programme National Committee include:
Training of Civil Aviation Inspectors and Assistant Managers of CAASLConduct of Aviation Executive Course
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Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka recruited twenty-six young graduates to serve in the Authority in the capacity of Civil Aviation Inspectors and Assistant Managers.
A comprehensive course covering 40 different subjects on aviation has been organized for the trainees to undergo within a period of one year.The course includes classroom teaching and field visits and is conducted by Industry experts.
Secretary of the NGAP Sri Lanka Programme and NGAP National Coordinator with view to be the local point of contact and liaise with ICAO in regard to Sri Lanka’s contribution and participation needed for ICAO NGAP activities.
- Contact details -
Secretary of the NGAP Sri Lanka Programme & NGAP National Coordinator
Personal Assistant to Chairman cum Board Secretary
Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka,
No: 04, Hunupitiya Road, Colombo 02.
Mobile:+94 776 667 976 (Official)
+94 716 979 644 (Personal)
Phone +94 112 358 807
Fax: +94 112 304 711
Visit our website at: www.caa.lk
(Last updated on : 25.11.2017)