Thursday, July 12, 2018

Many Global Freight and Passenger Aviation Trainees Get a Boost from IATA

Air Transport Body Drops Price of Training for Developing Nations
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SWITZERLAND – WORLDWIDE – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that, to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it will introduce new pricing of most of its training courses to make them more accessible to developing nations. From 15 July 2018 almost all of IATA's aviation training catalogue, including more than 350 courses in 17 subject areas of the business, will be offered at a 30% discount to aviation professionals residing in one of the developing nations. The policy will particularly aid many youngsters aiming to make their way in both air freight and passenger sectors.

Each year, IATA helps to train over 100,000 aviation professionals around the world. IATA offers more than 40 different diploma programmes, many in partnership with top academic institutions around the world, created to help aviation businesses operate safely, efficiently and sustainably. IATA says this decision enhances its solid commitment to the ‘No Country Left Behind’ initiative of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

Moreover, IATA and its 290 member airlines make annual contributions to the International Airline Training Fund (IATF), which sponsors learning and development opportunities for aviation organisations in areas of the world where it is most needed. A list of countries for which IATA offers training discounts can be seen via the pricing link HERE. Guy Brazeau, IATA’s Director of Training, explained the reasons for the decision, saying:

"Aviation is the business of freedom and a catalyst for development. A well-trained aviation workforce is essential to realising the industry’s potential to support social and economic growth, critical enablers of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. By making IATA training more accessible in developing nations we are helping airlines nurture the talent they need to support growing demands for connectivity [and] to achieve the ‘No Country Left Behind’ objective to ensure that all states have access to the significant socio-economic benefits of safe and reliable air transport.”

Photo: The gathering at the IATA Global Training Partners Conference in April 2018.