ICAO certifies Ethiopian Aviation Academy
Ethiopian Airlines has announced that the Ethiopian Aviation Academy, the largest and the most modern aviation academy in Africa, has been recognised as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Regional Training Centre of Excellence.
The Academy attained the recognition, following a rigorous assessment of the training organisation, training and procedures manuals, facilities, training processes, qualification of staff and quality system.
A statement from Ethiopian Airlines said the recognition would allow Ethiopia to develop and host ICAO Training Packages (ITPs) in addition to ICAO-recognised Standardised Training Packages (STPs) of its own.
It said besides improving the quality of training, by making it more of material-dependent than instructor-dependent, the ITPs and STPs could also be exchanged with all ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS members and generates revenue.
Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, Group Chief Executive Officer Ethiopian Airlines, said: “We believe education is the greatest equalizer in the 21st century and our Aviation Academy has strategically positioned itself to train the African youth in the latest Aviation technology.”
He said it would also train them in the latest aviation skills to own, manage and operate their own indigenous home grown African Airlines to lead a safe, economical and reliable aviation industry with global standards.
“This recognition is the result of the continuous heavy investment we are making on human resource development, a critical pillar of our Vision 2025 strategy,” he added.
He said Ethiopian Airlines has invested more than 100 million dollars to expand both the scope of the training and the in-take capacity of the Academy.
The CEO said the academy admits more than 1,500 students per year to train pilots, aircraft technicians, cabin crew, marketing and finance personnel, customer service agents as well as aviation leaders.
Mr GebreMariam said going forward, the Airlines plan to increase the in-take capacity to 4,000 by 2025, so as to cater for the growing training need in the continent.
Ethiopian Aviation Academy was recently awarded “Airline Service Provider of the Year” award by the African Airlines Association for its excellence in service delivery, innovation and competitiveness in best service providers to the African aviation industry.
The academy is also a full member of ICAO TRAINAIR PLUS since May 20, 2015.