452 STUDENTS OF THE ETHIOPIAN AVIATION ACADEMY SET TO JOIN THE INDUSTRY
(Posted 24th April 2017)
The Ethiopian Aviation Academy, the largest training school in Africa – a full ICAO TRAINAIR Plus Member and IATA Authorized Global Training Center – yesterday graduated 452 aviation professionals at a ceremony held at the academy’s Commercial and Cabin Crew Training center.
The academy this time graduated 35 pilots, 110 aviation maintenance technicians, 248 cabin crew and 59 commercial and ground service professionals. This round of graduates includes Rwandese, Libyan and Tanzanian nationals, which testifies Ethiopian Pan African stance and key role in the development of African aviation not just for Ethiopia but for many other countries in Africa which lack such a facility.
The Chief Operating Officer, Ethiopian Airlines, Mr. Mesfin Tassew, congratulated and welcomed the new graduates to the airline’s dedicated workforce, gave out diplomas to all the graduates, flight wings to graduating pilots and cabin crew and achievement award to graduates with outstanding academic performance.
On the occasion Mr. Mesfin remarked, ‘It gives us great pleasure to witness your graduation few days after we successfully hosted the ICAO Global Aviation Training and TRAINAIR PLUS symposium, held for the very first time in Africa, which has created an ideal platform for fruitful deliberations among aviation professionals from all corners of the globe. Focusing on Human Resources Development (HRD) as one of the four major pillars of our fifteen years growth plan, Vision 2025, we are continually striving to ensure self-sufficiency in meeting the growing skilled manpower requirement and avail competent aviation professionals throughout the continent and beyond. And you, graduates, are leaving testaments of this commitment. At last, I would like to congratulate and encourage you all to carry on with Ethiopian transcendent corporate culture and work ethic, and sustain the legacy in our proud 70 plus years of history and success‘.
Currently, the academy trains over 1,500 students each year and after upgrading and enlarging facilities is hoping to raise its intake capacity to 4,000 by 2025.