AASSC to Promote Skill Development
The Aerospace and Aviation Sector Skill Council (AASSC) has developed Qualifications Packs for 70 Job Roles spread across five subsectors through extensive industry engagement. Using these Qualifications Packs as template, skill development programs are being launched across India. One of the biggest such program is the launch of Aviation Multi Skill Development Centre at Chandigarh where five batches have already passed-out. The Centre has plans to train around 2400 candidates over the next three years. This has been disclosed at AASSC Board Meeting held in Bangalore.
The strength of Board members will be enhanced to 26 from present 21 to include MSME representation and meet the future challenges, says T. Suvarna Raju, Chairman, AASSC and CMD of HAL.
To ensure availability of qualified trainers and assessors, AASSC has run programs along with Department for International Development (DFID), UK and many more such schemes are in the pipeline. Development of Transnational Standards for Aerospace Design job roles is underway with the support of DFID, UK.
The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) has decided that India will be represented in the ‘Aircraft Maintenance’ skill in the World Skills competition scheduled to be held in August 2019 at Kazan, Russia. The AASSC has been entrusted with the responsibility of conducting the regional level selections for the trade at Bengaluru and the national level selections at Greater Noida. The candidate selected at the nationals will represent India at World Skills competitions 2019 at Kazan, Russia. The AASSC with the support from NSDC will train the candidates from July 2018 till the world Skills competition in August 2019 and these candidates will also take part in the BRICS skills completion in South Africa.
The other highlights of the AASSC activities include training for 44 Aerospace Engine Welders for GE Aviation, skill development project under CSR initiative of GKN Aerospace, certification of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for Indian Navy personnel and training for Airline Cabin Crew by Assam Skill Development Mission. There are many such programs which are being planned along with other state skill missions as well. The AASSC is exploring the possibilities of launching Aerospace & Aviation Skill Development programs through Universities and AICTE. The AASSC is working actively with industry, NSDC and the Government to roll-out NAPS in the sector.
The promoters of AASSC are Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), Bangalore Chamber of Industry & Commerce (BCIC), and Society for Indian Aerospace Technologies & Industries (SIATI).
The AASSC is one of the several skill councils set up under “Skill India” initiative by the Government of India under National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). The aim of AASSC is to ensure that there is supply of adequately skilled workforce to meet the demand of the industry. The scope of sector is vast and covers industry segments such as Aerospace Design & Development, Manufacturing & Assembly, Airlines, Airports, and MRO (Maintenance Repair & Overhauling).