Al Ain, United Arab Emirates: The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) on Tuesday launched the annual "Future Aviator" Senior Aviation Program for the first time in Al Ain in its fourth edition after the programs first launch in Fujairah.
The program received more than 200 male and female students from secondary schools between the ages of 16 to 18 years, and for two consecutive days with the participation of Emirati volunteers.
The aim of this program is to bring the industry and educational sectors in one place to raise awareness about aviation and aerospace and educate the students about the future jobs that are needed in the upcoming 5-10 years.
This event gathered more than 10 companies from different sectors to deliver a message, engage, and educate the students about the plan of employment in the aviation sector.
During this event, the General Civil Aviation Authority conducted side meetings with the main stakeholders such as the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization to discuss the educational requirements in aviation sector.
The two days program for high school seniors included a number of activities such as lectures and workshops in the fields of the civil aviation sector, in addition to competitions and activities related to aviation. The agenda of the program included: The Innovation lab “3D printing hand on activity, a lecture on Aviation future jobs and required skills , Aerospace workshop with Airbus Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) session with STRATA and a visit to the Al Mahatta Airport Aviation Museum.
Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of Civil Aviation Authority, said: "The Authority’s objective is to support Emiratization in the national aviation sector by encouraging the youth and young people to love technology and aviation. The Authority aspires to develop the sector by investing in UAE youth and instilling passion in using technology and innovation in aviation, The GCAA invests in UAE nationals and youth and urges them to join the aviation sector through a variety of programs aimed at educating young people in this key sector".
"UAE University hosted the Future Aviators Program run in collaboration with the General Civil Aviation Authority at the UAEU Crescent Building in Al Ain city,” said Professor Ghaleb Al Hadrami, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Provost, UAEU.
Al Hadrami added:“The event aims to introduce high school students to the internship and job opportunities available in the UAE aviation sector. The UAEU Science and Innovation Park and the Volunteering Unit at UAEU will hold a number of workshops and awareness lectures on aviation industry for male and female students.”
The GCAA organized event stakeholders are the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Human Resources and Nationalization, UAE University, National Qualifications Authority and the sponsors Airbus, and STRATA supported the program by providing recreational and educational facilities and programs within the event activities.
The workshops for the seniors motivate the development of technical skills and work skills for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). It prepares the students to know basic components, such as sensors and engines to explore how machines work on the ground.
Students also learn to be part of a team that seeks to reach a common goal by using their creativity and imagination to solve problems while praising their achievements.
The General Civil Aviation Authority is the federal authority that regulates and supervises the UAE airspace and the aviation sector in order to serve the public in a dynamic and thriving aviation environment.