CAAS Hosts Inaugural ICAO Trainair Plus Global Symposium

Close to 400 participants gather in Singapore to discuss aviation’s training and human resource development challenges

The inaugural International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) TRAINAIRPLUSGlobal Symposium, hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), kicked off in Singapore today. Mr Pang Kin Keong, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, delivered the welcome address. A video message from Mr Raymond Benjamin, ICAO Secretary-General, was also shown at the opening of the Symposium.

Themed“How to prepare tomorrow’s aviation workforce with today’s training tools”, the Symposium provides a platform for the exchange of views on the challenges as well as the latest trends, techniques and best practices in aviation training worldwide. Over four days, participants will also address competency-based training, human resource development and partnerships for training. The Symposium also seeks to increase awareness of ICAO’s TRAINAIRPLUSProgramme.

The TRAINAIRPLUSProgramme aims to strengthen the international aviation training network by supporting ICAO Member States in implementing high quality aviation training, using the latest available training technology and tools. Under the Programme, TRAINAIRPLUSfull members develop and share competency-based Standardised Training Packages (STPs) that offer more cost-effective training.

At the Symposium today, ICAO presented certificates to seven training organisations that were recently certified as full members of the TRAINAIRPLUSProgramme. This included the Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA), the training arm of CAAS. This certification attests to SAA’s high standards in aviation training.It also affirms SAA’s commitment to advance training and development of the next generation of aviation professionals globally.

The ICAO TRAINAIRPLUSGlobal Symposium is being held from 25 to 28 September at the Raffles City Convention Centre.

About the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore

The mission of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is to “Grow a safe, vibrant air hub and civil aviation system, making a key contribution to Singapore's success”. CAAS' roles are to oversee and promote safety in the aviation industry, develop the air hub and aviation industry, provide air navigation services, develop Singapore as a centre for aviation knowledge and training, and contribute to the development of international aviation.

About the Singapore Aviation Academy

Founded in 1958, the Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA) is the training arm of CAAS. Over the past 50 years, SAA has established itself as a renowned centre of learning in aviation. It currently conducts over 100 different programmes annually in aviation management, air traffic services, aviation safety and security, and airport emergency services to address training needs of aviation professionals at all levels. In 2000, SAA was conferred the prestigious Edward Warner Award by the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for its eminent contribution as a centre of excellence in international civil aviation training. To date, SAA has trained over 67,000 programme participants from more than 200 countries and territories.

For more information, please contact:

Ms Satwinder Kaur
Assistant Director (Corporate Communications)

Ms Michelle Teo
Senior Manager (Corporate Communications)

Last Updated on 21 May 2020