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Training program aims to strengthen aviation industry

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An award being handed over during the ceremony. CATC

The Civil Aviation Training Centre (CATC) has completed seven courses in the first three months of the year and says 26 courses will be offered in 2018.

CATC director Lim Kao spoke of the centre’s program at a medals and awards ceremony to mark the completed courses.

He said that in the first semester the centre had been conducting ten courses. These were in human factors, civil aviation indoctrination, basic air traffic control, flight inspection for navigation aids, human resource development, State Secretariat of Civil Aviation orientation, quality management systems, introduction to international air law, safety management systems, and flight operation officers or flight dispatchers.

He said the ten courses consisted of 195 trainees who joined the course. Six did not get certificates because they did not meet CATC training requirements.

“During the first quarter of the year, we completed seven training courses,” he said.

Three courses were picked to give certificates to trainees. These were for admin and HR management and development in SSCA, a SSCA orientation program, and basic air traffic control ICAO 051.

Jeong Yun Gil, country director of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Cambodia, said since CATC was established, Cambodia had been able to cut the costs of sending officials and staff for overseas training.

He said SSCA was moving into a phase of potential technological innovation in equipment that would enable it to achieve better results in the future.

“KOICA has committed to development cooperation in Cambodia which could help the country alleviate poverty and sustainability improve economic and social outcomes,” Mr Jeong said.

“We hope that the project effectively contributes to building human and institutional capacity of relevant state authorities and other stakeholders for the ultimate goal of sustainable socioeconomic development of Cambodia,” he added.

Mr Jeong said that the project for the establishment of CATC in Cambodia was crucial in assisting Cambodia to acquire knowledge and technology necessary to improve its aviation industry.

It would also enhance related key sectors such as tourism and transportation, in line with the National Strategic Development Plan 2014-2018.

Mao Havannall, SSCA secretary of state, said the air transport industry played a major role in world economic activities, and it remained one of the fastest-growing sectors.

He said that due to the growth in civil aviation, human resources should highly focused to cope with the possibility of negative impacts on the industry.

Therefore, the role of the CATC was very important to catch up the momentum of aviation growth in Cambodia in the context of the country’s economic development.

“I believe and hope that CATC continues to provide aviation training and education and reducing our expense for oversea courses training,” Mr Havannall said.

“It is vital in elevating national capacities to correspond with the advancing aviation sector which is rapidly increasing as a result of tourism, economic expansion, infrastructural development, and interregional activities.

“The CATC will provide Cambodia with the ability and mechanism to cultivate aviation human resources while maximising the aviation sector’s vital contribution to Cambodia’s economic, social growth, and tourism development as well as international and regional cooperation,” he said.

In 2017, CATC conducted 15 training courses and 273 trainees successfully participated in training.

CATC is the kingdom’s first centre of its kind. It was officially inaugurated in March 2017 with funding from KOICA.

CATC has been in operation since 2016, striving to enhance professional skills in Cambodian civil aviation and establishing an efficient management system for human resources.

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