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Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) Sri Lanka

In the year 2008, a group of volunteers in the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) formed the Sri Lanka Aviation Club (SLAC) funded by themselves. The objective of this club was to enhance the knowledge of school children on Aviation. In order to achieve this objective SLAC published a periodic magazine, titled as a "Guwansara" (Soaring in the sky) which contained Aviation related articles and started conducting education prodrammes on Civil Aviation in schools. With the spread of work in scope and depth, it was considered necessary to formalize the working arrangement of the SLAC, so that the CAA could take overall responsibility of such work and allocate resources as required.

In this context, it was decided to convert SLAC into a committee appointed by the CAASL under the powers vested to CAASL in terms of section 6 - (1) and (2) of the CAASL Act No. 34 of 2002 to support the execution of its mission.

The Committee was established with the name "Civil Aviation Development & Education Commiittee" (CADEC) on 26 August 2010 to foster development of Aviation industry in Sri Lanka for planning, designing, organizing and conducting necessary educational and awareness creating activities and programmes for the general public, aiming especially at the younger generation, thus contributing to achieve CAA's mission..

Under the watchful eyes of DGCA Sri Lanka, Mr. H.M.C. Nimalsiri, CADEC has conducted 43 promotional programmes on aviation island wide to date with great success in addition to publication and distribution of Aviation magazines and promoting competitions among club and schools.

 

Under the able guidance of DGCA Sri Lanka CAASL joined hands with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation, Srilanka Aviation College, Airport and Aviation, National Carrier Sri Lankan Airlines, Mihin Lanka and many other enthusiastic civil aviation societies in schools. Masters in charge of these school societies worked tirelessly to support CAA to introduce aviation to children all around Sri Lanka. To carry forward the work involved CAA planned to from a National Committee to perform the following tasks.

  • Publish a booklet to guide Civil Aviation societies in schools
  • Create a proper channel to control and maintain Civil Aviation Societies in schools
  • Design and implement a common action plan for school societies
  • Organize contests among schools on annual basis
  • Prepare a system to guide the school children who wish to make a carrier in Aviation
  • Conduct Aviation awareness programme by inviting support from Airport and Aviation, Sri Lankan Airlines, Mihin Lanka and other reputed organizations

DGCA Sri Lanka goes a step further than what has been done in Sri Lanka in the past by adapting the NGAP concept  and strategies which were launched by ICAO in year 2009. CAASL aims at ensuring that enough qualified and competent Aviation professionals will be available to operate, manage and maintain the international air transport system in Sri Lanka in the future. For this purpose CAASL embraced the opportunity of Launching a new unit titled NGAP Sri Lanka at the 53rd DGCA Asia and Pacific Region Conference 2016 in Colombo. The concept is of critical importance as a large number of the current generation of aviation professionals are due to retire and many more new people are expected to support the expanding industry, which will probably double in volume every fifteen years. 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, augments the problem. Although since year 2008 CAASL with support from many other organisations has been conducting many awareness and promotional campaigns island wide, it has yet to embark on bigger projects which will prepare our youth to be professional aviators in order to fill up the probable vacancies which is predicted to rise in the future.

Through absolute dedication, effort and commitment, NGAP Sri Lanka plans to offer the youth in this country an insight to the Aviation industry through the NGAP concept. We hope to join hands with ICAO to carry out the good work in this regard and maintain the highest standard in Aviation at all times to offer safe and efficient services to the air travelers through our versatile professionalism.   

A multitalented Aviation community that has sufficient competent human resources to support a safe, secure, efficient and sustainable air transportation system in Sri Lanka.

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, 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 in Sri Lanka.

To develop tools and provisions for the Civil Aviation community in Sri Lanka that will assist 'NGAP Sri Lanka' in implementing effective strategies to attract, educate, and muster the next generation of Civil Aviation Professionals.

As Guided by the Director General of Civil Aviation;

  • To gather Aviation representatives from the Aviation community in Sri Lanka and establish a Task Force which includes industry professionals, education and training providers, regulatory bodies and other supportive individuals / organizations.
  • Through NGAP Sri Lanka, to promote Aviation in all four corners of Sri Lanka by educating the less privileged youth of the concepts of the Aviation industry to induce enthusiasm and interests to serve the Sri Lanka Aviation community.
  • Identify and support initiatives to reach out to the next generation and direct them towards real and achievable goals.
  • To fulfill the organization's vision by preparing the youth in the country to fill up the anticipated dearth of Aviation experts in the near future by meeting the predictable demand for versatile Aviation in Sri Lanka and in the region by harmonized training efforts.
  • Create opportunities for the underprivileged youth in Sri Lanka to better their knowledge and understanding of the Aviation industry by utilizing the services of experts in the field.
  • To organize and conduct personality and English Language skill development programmes in the island to develop the personalities of our youth to be suitable and eligible to serve the Aviation community in Sri Lanka
  • Make plans and induce strategies to create more employment opportunities in the Aviation circle in Sri Lanka.
  • Stamp on fake organizations which lead the nation's youth astray by making a business out of Aviation by conducting substandard and inferior Aviation training, giving false promises and hopes to gullible youth of the country.
  • Plan, design and implement higher education on Aviation and offer youth of Sri Lanka opportunities to serve the industry in Sri Lanka and world wide.

NGAP Sri Lanka will be officially launched on 3rd August 2016 at Colombo Hilton Hotel at 5.00 p.m in the presence of President of ICAO Dr. Olumuyiwa Bernard Aliu, Secretary General of ICAO, Dr. Fang Liu, Regional Director (Asia and Pacific Region) ICAO, Mr. Arun Mishra and DGCA Sri Lanka, Mr. H.M.C. Nimalsiri. The delegates, Directors General of Civil Aviation in Asia and Pacific countries and several other stalwarts in Aviation, who are participants of the 53rd DGCA Conference Asia and Pacific region will be present at this occasion to witness this short but colorful informal ceremony. Over forty school children representing assorted school aeronautical societies, who shall be the future beneficiaries of the NGAPSL concept, invited by CAASL too will actively participate in the programme. Inaugural opening of the NGAP Sri Lanka website by the DGCA Sri Lanka to supply required information on NGAP Sri Lanka activities are also in the programme agenda. NGAPSL expects to acquire the services of experienced professionals in aviation and form a strong National NGAPSL Task Force with DGCA Sri Lanka Mr. H.M.C. Nimalsiri as its President, to cover a wider range of promotional activities country wide.

 

An 'NGAP Sri Lanka' stall with the theme "Shaping the future" will be opened at the Conference venue from the 1st August to 5th August 2016, daily from 8.30 a.m to 5.30 p.m. School children who are beneficiaries of past CAASL CADEC programmes will operate the stall and will promote Sri Lankan Aviation by displaying their knowledge and understanding of aviation by various means including presentations, display of home made radio controlled (RC) model aero planes and other items. Video clips of varying topics on aviation made by the students will be on continuous show at the stall on all five days. They are eager to impress the participants of the conference with their hard earned aviation prowess.

Date Activity Venue Remarks
02.01.2017

Training of Civil Aviation Inspectors and Assistant Managers of CAASL

Conduct of Aviation Executive Course

Mattala Rajapakse International Airport

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. 

 

Mr.Gimhan Dabarera,

Personal Assistant to Chairman cum Board Secretary, CAASL

mobile no : 071 697 9644

Office telephone no. +94 112358807

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