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CATC produces its fifth batch of diploma holders

The 5thbatch of students who successfully completed the “Diploma in Aviation Studies” programme conducted by the Civil Aviation Training Centre (CATC) were awarded their diploma at the award ceremony held on 27th January, 2017 at the Civil Aviation Training Centre Auditorium.
Chairman, Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd. Eng. SamanEdiriweera was the chief guest at the event. Vice Chairman, AASL Mr. Ranjith De Silva, Executive Director, AASL Mr. Johanne Jayaratne, Directors and Divisional Heads of AASL, the resource personnel of the programme and the parents of the awardees were also in attendance.
Opening the ceremony, Eng. Athula Seneviratne, Head of Civil Aviation Training of AASL gave a brief outline of the history of the programme and also spoke about the future plans of the CATC.Delivering the ceremonial oration, Chairman of AASL Eng. SamanEdiriweera gave an informative outline on the several projects that are being implemented to develop the airport infrastructure and to enhance the capabilities of the civil aviation industry. He laid particular emphasis on the ongoing project forre-surfacing the runway at Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake. Hementioned that the project is totally funded by AASL.
Chief Instructor, Electronics Engineering of the CATC Eng. Devinda Abayagunawardana who served as the Programme Manager for this intake provided a brief outline about the diploma programme before presenting the successful students to the chief guest.
The CATC is operated by Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Ltd., which is a fully government owned company. This institution which was mainly focused on providing specialized training to company employees opened its courses for the general public in 2011.
The Diploma Programme was developed at its Course Development Unit (CDU) in coherence with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)’s initiative “Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP)” which has predicted a worldwide shortage of aviation professionals in the years ahead.
The programme consists of two courses, titled “Industrial Awareness Course” and “Industrial Alignment Course” each of approximately 3 months’ duration. Students must successfully complete both courses in order to earn the diploma. An industrial attachment is sandwiched between the two courses during which the students are attached to action stations of the aviation industry to get a first-hand insight into airport and airline operations. An in-facility training is included at the end of the second course. The students must also complete a mini project during this training period. The programme contains extensive course work. It is a full time study programme. Total programme takes approximately 8 months. The entry requirements are G.C.E. Advanced Level and a credit pass in English at the G.C.E. Ordinary Level.The programme has now been conducted five times consecutively and the 6th intake is to be taken in shortly.
The CATC Sri Lanka is a full member of the TRAINAIR PLUS programme of the ICAO. This membership amounts to formal recognition of an aviation training institution by the ICAO. As of 1stDecember 2016 there are only 53 full members in the world and only 12 in the Asia Pacific region which includes CATC Sri Lanka.The CATC is also an institution registered for the provision of tertiary and vocational education in the island.
Presently the CATC delivers courses in specialized aviation trades such as Air Traffic Control, Electronics Engineering, Aeronautical Communication Operations, Aeronautical Information Services, Aviation Security, Fire & Rescue Services,and Airport Management. In addition to its local target population the CATC also has regular participation from the Republic of Maldives, Nepal and Nigeria in its programmes. It is now a regional aviation training provider.
The CATC also has a comprehensive information resource centre in civil aviation which has a large assortment of reference material pertaining to various aspects of the aviation industry as well as general reading material. This resource centre will soon be made accessible to the general public.
The CATC is located at Kandawala Road, Ratmalana close to the Colombo city airport, Ratmalana. For more information on the Institution and its Training Programmes, you may refer to www.airport.lk, contactCivil Aviation Training Centre, 64, Kandawala Road, Ratmalana. Tel/fax: +94 11 263 47 63 or email [email protected]

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