Kenya risks having no aviation professionals in the near future following expected retirement of aging professionals in the industry, Director-in-Charge of Training at the East Africa School of Aviation (EASA) Dr. Mugambi M’Nchebere has said.
M’Nchebere pointed out with concern the lack of aviation interest among the youngsters who were expected to take the aviation industry to the next level and advance the available technology.
Speaking during Juja Preparatory and Senior School Aviation Day on Saturday, the Director expressed the need to inculcate aviation talents right from elementary levels to mitigate the shortage of professionals in the aviation sector.
The industry is running out of skilled personnel. Today, with aging of aviation professionals, it is projected that if something is not done, we may have a vacuum as the old people leave the industry. We need to have the youngsters who are able to come and take up the positions. The training itself is very specialized and requires a lot of time before one becomes substantive to take the mantle, he explained.
He said that EASA had come up with market driven programs such as partnering with young aviation clubs, schools and organizations to fast track aviation interest among the youth whom he said were not ready to undergo the extensive training.
However, expensive and extensive the aviation training may be, we need to grow the talents of the youngsters who are passionate in the industry to avert personnel shortages which aviators have foreseen, said the Director.
M’Nchebere said that Kenya was position five in Africa on air space safety following its IKEO Compliance Audit report. He however, noted that Kenya was eying to top Africa after another IKEO Audit Report slated for November 2017.
We are targeting to attain 90 percent air space safety which will position Kenya as the best compliant country in Africa and maybe number three globally because we want to market Kenya as an aviation hub for Africa, he said.
Juja Preparatory and Senior Schools Chairman, Dr. Richard Muigai revealed that he plans to buy a new airplane for the Aviation Department to boost the morale of the students undertaking the course.
He said that he is working tirelessly to ensure the school’s trade mark is the Aviation Department as they intended to produce more professionals in the field to help curb the insufficiency being experienced with the ageing staff.
Source: Kenya News Agency