(EconomyNext) – SriLankan Airlines has set up a new training outfit by amalgamating existing internationally certified training units, aiming to produce more aviation professionals needed by an expanding industry.
The SriLankan Aviation College is an integrated training institution that brings together the airline’s SriLankan Technical Training and International Aviation Academy training centres, the national carrier said in a statement.
SriLankan Airlines’ Chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe said the Aviation College will help train skilled people needed by an expanding aviation industry, locally and abroad.
“As the national carrier, we have a national mission that goes beyond earning profits and carrying passengers," he said.
"This is an amalgamation of our highly equipped and internationally recognized training divisions that were responsible in delivering highly skilled professionals for the last 35 years."
SriLankan Airlines Chief Executive Kapila Chandrasena said the move supports Sri Lanka’s efforts to develop as a hub for air and maritime transport.
"By integrating training centres, we aim to attract foreign students."
SriLankan Aviation College General Manager Primal de Silva said they will offer a diversified range of professional courses, enabling qualified students to work the industry anywhere in the world.
"Demand for professionally qualified aviation industry personnel is high across the globe, especially in the Middle Eastern region, with the emergence of many commercially successful carriers," he said.
"We, as a country that has been a prime labour supplier to the Middle East, now have the chance to enhance our quality of manpower, thereby exploring new avenues in foreign employment.”
Having trained SriLankan Airlines staff for over three decades, SriLankan Aviation College adheres to global standards, the statement said.
SriLankan Technical Training is certified by the European Safety Agency and civil aviation authorities of Sri Lanka, Oman, Pakistan and the Maldives.
The International Aviation Academy has got recognition from the International Air Transport Association as one of the World’s Top Ten Authorised Aviation Training Centres of its 2013 Premier Circle – an assessment made on the evaluation of 440 aviation training centres in 90 countries. It has been appointed as IATA’s Regional Training Partner from 2014.
SriLankan Aviation College will bring under one roof an extensive range of IATA training programmes and a specialized line up of professional training courses in collaboration with other outfits.
These are Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport Sri Lanka, the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka Institute of Supply & Materials Management and Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing.