[T&T] Lone woman joins avionics trainees

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[T&T] Lone woman joins avionics trainees

Unread post by bimjim » Thu Apr 04, 2013

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[T&T] Lone woman joins avionics trainees
Dave Persad
Apr 4, 2013

HOMWATIE Ramlal was one of 16 people—and the only female —to begin training in the Avionics Trainee Engineer Programme, launched at the National Helicopter Services Ltd in Camden, Couva, yesterday.

When certified, 29-year-old Ramlal and her classmates will be licensed to work on a range of aircraft.

The courses will be approved under the Government Assistance for Tertiary Education (GATE) programme.

The avionics programme was formally launched by Minister of Tertiary Education and Skills Training Fazal Karim, who said since Trinidad and Tobago was the Caribbean's leader in the aviation industry, the area held significant potential for development.

Karim noted a 2011 report compiled by the National Training Agency, titled "Developing Human Capital in the Aviation Industry".

The report found that training for jobs in the aviation industry was costly and inevitably excludes those without the financial means.

And there were no training opportunities for the general public to pursue occupational areas in aircraft maintenance and engineering.

The report also noted the increased activity in the airline industry and the greater volume of cargo.

Karim said it would have cost a student more than $100,000 to get a licence, but because of Government's subsidy, students will pay $8,000 for the programme.

Karim said that a year ago, a memorandum of understanding was signed among The University of the West Indies (UWI), Caribbean Airlines Ltd (CAL), National Helicopter Services, Metal Industries Company Ltd and the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority, with the objective of enhancing the supply of training and education offered in the education sector.

Karim said several courses would be rolled out at the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) in the fields of avionic electronics, radio communication and navigation, and airport operation management.

Karim said the trained personnel will be in high demand when certified since there was a global shortage of aviation mechanics.

Yesterday's function was also attended by ministers Chandresh Sharma, Rudy Indarsingh and Ramona Ramdial.

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