SriLankan Airlines to ramp up training as skills shortages loom

Nov 16, 2012 (LBO) – SriLankan Airlines is to increase its training of airline personnel to help alleviate looming skills shortages in the region, an aviation forum was told.

“We’re looking at capturing a part of that. Ticketing and cargo are very popular and will generate training opportunities. We aim to leverage our educated, skilled, adaptable workforce.”

Chandrasena does not anticipate a shortage of youth joining the industry.

“Given that in Sri Lankan universities, the area of choice is medicine and engineering, we don’t see a shortage of young talent coming into the industry.”

The airline is looking at partnerships and is in talks with foreign universities to get training and expertise.

“We are also in talks with global universities to provide technical training to enhance value add.We are trying to establish the knowledge and expertise we don’t have and are looking at partnerships and joint ventures.”

There were “huge shortages” in certain sectors of the aviation industry.

“In maintenance, there’s a shortage of something like 15,000 personnel. There are also predictions of a shortage of 9,000 pilots.