In the next ten years, an additional 3.5 lakh employees will be required in the aviation sector for both commercial and cargo operations. However, the industry will face a major challenge in getting skilled employees to work in various disciplines, including ground handling, according to HR experts. The Civil Aviation Policy, which suggests establishment of a Civil Aviation University, said there is an absence of qualitative and recognised formal educational programmes. The policy says there is no structured infrastructure that supports employee developmentin aviation. Majority of State flying schools have been closed and aspiring students have to go abroad for basic training , said Mr B. Govindarajan, Chief Operating Officer, Tirwin Management Services, a Chennai-based aviation training service provider. The new government should focus on developing a large skilled workforce for the aviation industry. At present, about one lakh direct employees work in the industry, he said.
According to Mr Moorthy K Uppaluri, CEO, Randstad India, with each new aircraft, at least 100 direct jobs will be created, and an estimated 3,500 to 5,000 direct jobs will have to be filled over the next 12 to 18 months. Nearly 45 per cent of the workforce is ground staff and the rest include cabin crew and pilots. Students who train in India want to complement their training with a certification from the US, as it has international recognition, he said. According to Ms Rituparna Chakraborty, Senior VP & Co-Founder, TeamLease Services, the industry is witnessing an acute shortage of pilots, aircraft maintenance engineers and air traffic controllers. Two years ago, there was a demand for over 5,200 pilots, and this has only risen.