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Four new aviation maintenance trades to be established

Halifax, N.S. --Nov. 26, 2001 -- Human Resources Development Canada has announced it will help develop occupational...


Halifax, N.S. –Nov. 26, 2001 — Human Resources Development Canada has announced it will help develop occupational standards for new aviation maintenance trades in Canada.

Funding of $593,000 has been earmarked to develop occupational standards, a national registration system and accreditation for four new aviation maintenance trades: Aviation Fueler, Aviation Ground Services Personnel, Aviation Support Services Personnel and Special Processes Technicians. The new trades will be added to the existing 15 aviation maintenance trades.

“New and existing standards directly affect the airworthiness of aircraft and safety, resulting in productivity gains and improved competitiveness for Canadian aircraft industries,” said Ms. Blondin-Andrew, federal Secretary of State (Children and Youth). “Greater efforts must be made to recognize prior learning and foreign credentials to create greater equity and efficiency in our labour market.”

The Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council (CAMC) has set uniform standards for training institutions, organizations, and employer-based training. The Council is also developing programs to assist young people and adults to enter the existing workforce. Under this project, the CAMC will continue to invest in working with partners throughout the industry to establish standards in the skills trades and develop training that everyone understands and recognizes.

“As an international leader in developing national standards and curricula for aviation, Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council believes this funding announcement by HRDC is an important step in the growth and safety of the aviation industry in Canada,” said Steve Dick, executive director and CEO of CAMC. “The introduction of these new trade standards will build on CAMC’s past success of developing recognized trade standards, which benefit the employee, the employer, the aviation maintenance industry and the travelling public by ensuring common knowledge, skills and experience of certified technicians.”

Industry partners are contributing $556,000 in cash and in kind to this project that is expected to begin in December 2001 and is scheduled for completion in December 2003.

The development of standards for these four aviation maintenance trades is significant because these functions directly affect the airworthiness of aircraft and the safety of flight. Currently, there are no national standards for these trades and as such, there are no national recognition, registration, training or accreditation systems in place. The standardization of these trades will result in a higher degree of safety for workers and the travelling public, productivity gains, and improved competitiveness for Canadian aircraft maintenance organizations.

These new occupational standards will enhance CAMC’s current set of 15 aviation maintenance trades for which it has developed a national registration system, national curricula and accreditation.