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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs   18 November 2010

$9 million boost for Singapore aviation

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THE Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) will launch a $9 million programme over the next five years to attract, develop and retain manpower for the aviation industry.

Mrs. Lim Hwee Hua, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Second Minister for Finance and Transport, announced the program at an open house of the Singapore Aviation Academy on Thursday morning.

The Aviation Manpower Programme (AMP) is the third under the $100 million Aviation Development Fund (ADF).

While manpower attraction, development and retention is always a challenge for any growing industry, there are ways which the government can help facilitate by working hand-in-hand with the industry, said Mrs. Lim.

She said Singapore's aviation sector, however, faces strong competition globally. To keep ourselves ahead of the competition, it needs a skilled, intelligent and efficient workforce to form the backbone of the aviation sector.

“Globally, the aviation community is facing a major challenge to meet the rapidly growing manpower needs of the industry,” said Mrs. Lim.

“In fact, industry research has revealed that global commercial aviation will be facing shortfalls of more than 200,000 pilots and 400,000 skilled maintenance personnel in the next 10 years. For Singapore, what this means is that we will have to continue to attract, develop and retain competent and skilled workers to ensure the continued success of our aviation industry,” she concluded.

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