As part of its support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the International Air Transport Association is drastically reducing pricing for training courses to make them more accessible to developing nations.
“Aviation is the business of freedom and a catalyst for development. A well-trained aviation workforce is essential to realizing the industry’s potential to support social and economic growth—critical enablers of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals,” Guy Brazeau, IATA’s Director of Training, said in a statement.
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“By making IATA training more accessible in developing nations we are helping airlines nurture the talent they need to support growing demands for connectivity. And we are helping individuals to enrich their career opportunities in aviation,” Brazeau added.
As of July 15 nearly all of IATA’s aviation training catalog, which includes more than 350 courses in 17 subject areas, will be 30 percent off for aviation professionals in developing nations.
IATA helps train more than 100,000 aviation professionals around the world annually and offers more than 40 different diploma programs, many in partnership with top academic institutions. The programs were created to help aviation businesses operate safely, efficiently and sustainably.
The decision to reduce prices also enhances IATA’s commitment to the “No Country Left Behind” initiative of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
IATA and its 290 member airlines also make annual contributions to the International Airline Training Fund (IATF), which sponsors learning and development opportunities for aviation organizations in areas of the world where it is most needed.
“By making our training offering more accessible in developing nations, we are helping to achieve the No Country Left Behind objective to ensure that all states have access to the significant socio-economic benefits of safe and reliable air transport. Key to that is global standards which are at the heart of IATA’s training curriculum,” Brazeau said.
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