National Airports Corporation (NAC) can now recruit and train Motor Vehicle Mechanic Apprentices.
This comes, following NAC’s accreditation with the National Apprenticeship and Trade Testing Board (NATTB) in July 2020.
In a recent ceremony marking this achievement, Leo Kaptigau, NAC Acting General Manager Human Resource said, this is part of a long term strategic initiative by NAC, to develop and enhance staff’ skills and capabilities across various technical disciplines in the company.
“Aside from recruiting apprentices, we will also work with current employees to acquire recognized Tradesmanship certifications through available NATTB Trade Testing systems so that their skills are not only high quality but also recognized both nationally and internationally.
“Our challenge is to move forward with this and extend accreditation to other trade disciplines including Electrical, that are core to NAC’s operations” Mr Kaptigau said.
NAC General Manager for Technical Services, Michael Tolimanaran who oversees the bulk of NAC’s technical staff says this move is timely and will contribute to business continuity for NAC, given many of NAC’s technical staff from the Department of Civil Aviation era, have reached retirement age.
“When we look at our resourcing, a lot of our personnel are ready to exit the company and behind them we have a huge gap to fill and this has been part of the plan and strategy to address that.” Said Tolimanaran.
He added: “We are excited to bring in young vibrant Papua New Guineans onboard, and train them in areas specific to the aviation industry so that we can maintain business continuity and maintain high quality service throughout our airports.”
NATTB’s Acting Assistant Director Policy, Planning and Monitoring, Tommy Manu, welcomed NAC’s affiliation with NATTB and strongly encouraged it to establish a training institution similar to the Civil Aviation Training College previously under DCA.
He said NATTB will provide full support for such an initiative because it has limited resources and facilities and therefore cannot run training and trade testing on its own thus encouraging partnership with companies who have the resources as well as good training programs to take this up.