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The Civil Aviation Training Institute, operated by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), has received its TRAINAIR PLUS accreditation.

This means that the entity has joined a network of more than 50 organizations worldwide that have been accredited under the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) TRAINAIR PLUS programme.

The TRAINAIR PLUS programme is utilized by civil aviation training institutions to train civil aviation professionals, through the sharing of a quality system, based on a competency-based training methodology, to prepare and improve the courses and programmes used in their training offerings.

According to Regional Director of ICAO, Loretta Martin, the TRAINAIR PLUS programme presents a unique opportunity to share best practices and experiences, to look at what works, and integrate that into a training package that will benefit the entire aviation community through TRAINAIR PLUS membership.

She was delivering an address at the opening of an ICAO Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) and TRAINAIR PLUS Regional Symposium, on February 5, at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel, in Montego Bay.

Mrs. Martin argued that the new ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS programme is an essential partner in providing tools to achieve high quality training, adding that it also enhances efficiency and workplace performance by facilitating the development of training materials, as well as encouraging collaboration and networking of training centres.

Meanwhile, Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies, in declaring the four-day symposium officially open, said the hosting of the event by Jamaica is a further indication of the Government’s commitment to strengthening the local air transport industry.

He pointed out that there are two main objectives of Jamaica’s aviation training programme – to maintain a highly competent cadre of aviation professionals and to increase training opportunities.

“We, like several other countries, are faced with the reality of an ageing population, a critical issue which has to be addressed, not just in the aviation industry but generally, in ensuring that we have trained an adequate number of professionals to replace those who will be retiring over the next few years. This is a critical element in terms of planning, for the future of the (aviation) industry,” the Minister emphasized.

He said that as part of its strategic plans, the JCAA is seeking to expand its Air Traffic Controller training programme to the Caribbean and the rest of the world, while at the same time offer training in other civil aviation areas.