By the end of this year, the city is likely to start imparting vocational training in aviation and aerospace. Through this initiative, the government aims to about 18,000 youth. As aviation and aerospace are predicted to be the next big segments for the city after information technology, a forthcoming public-private partnership (PPP) is expected to train youth for jobs. About 18,000 youngsters are expected to get vocational training for jobs in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), operations, ticket booking, as well as ground staff etc. The National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC), along with the Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC) and the Society of Indian Aerospace Technologies & Industries (SIATI), is likely to facilitate this programme towards the end of the year. The NSDC, which was formed by the Union finance ministry for skills up gradation, already runs about 22 skills councils in various sectors. This one for aerospace and aviation will be the twenty-third council, and will receive a seed capital of Rs5 crore from the corporation. Mr TS Sampath Kumar, secretary general, BCIC, says the aim is to develop skill-sets that are required by the industry and that can then fetch youngsters decent jobs. “Our target for the initial years is to train 18,000 over a three year time-frame. The training will take place in Bangalore and other places. At a latter stage there will be a scale up,” says Mr Kumar. He further adds that a governing body is likely to be formed and a CEO will soon be identified to spearhead it. As per this partnership, the training will be provided by technical and polytechnic institutes and industrial training institutes, while BCIC will issue certifications. Experts say with the sector opening up to foreign direct investment, the scope is brighter than ever before. As per aviation and aerospace sector estimates, the total spending in the next five years are expected to be around $25 billion for commercial aircrafts, and $100 billion as defence expenditure. “All the segments in the aerospace industry, including civil aviation, military aviation are showing decent growth,” says Mr Kumar.