Wael Al Sarhan
Flynas, Nas Tech offer aircraft maintenance training
Riyadh, April 23, 2014
Flynas, Saudi Arabia’s national carrier, and Nas Tech, the engineering & maintenance subsidiary of NAS Holding, are launching a new technical training programme for Saudi youth with high school certificates.
The Aircraft Engineer Maintenance Programme (AEMP) is scheduled to start on May 5 for a duration of five years, and will qualify successful trainees with the EASA 147 certificate and EASA Aircraft Maintenance Engineer License issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency which is the centre piece of the European Union’s aviation safety system comprised of the Agency, the European Commission and the National Aviation Authorities (NAAs).
EASA is the European version of the USA Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certificate and has higher standards and is more recognized in the maintenance industry.
Wael Al Sarhan, director of Marketing & Communication at NAS Holding, said: “NAS Group is totally committed to training and employing talented Saudi nationals and we believe in the Saudi youth’s high capabilities and very certain of the quality of manpower we are going to gain after this programme”
Izani Merican, the CEO of Nas Tech, said: “The AEMP is a highly intensive training programme that presents a marvelous opportunity for young Saudi technicians to gain the internationally recognized EASA 147 certificate which qualifies them for a career in aviation industry, one of the fastest growing sectors of the kingdom’s economy.”
The Aircraft Engineer Maintenance Programme is being held in partnership with the Afaq Academy in Bahrain and training will take place at Nas Tech classes in Riyadh.
A total of 27 trainees have been accepted for the programme which includes five years of training; one year of English Language and four years of studying for the EASA certificate.
After completing the training, Flynas will recommend the most outstanding trainees to study for their Bachelor’s degree, which for EASA 147 certificate holders requires only a further seven months of studying.
“We are proud that Nas Tech is the first organization in Saudi Arabia to provide training for the EASA 147 certificate locally, since all the other organizations obtain it by sending their trainees outside Saudi Arabia, and we aim to make Nas Tech being run 100 per cent by professional Saudi manpower ” Al Sarhan concluded his statement. – TradeArabia News Service