In order to develop core career skills and learning opportunities which would significantly enhance the employability of Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs), the Ministry of Civil Aviation has launched a One-Year Standard AME Apprenticeship Training in collaboration with various airlines, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) organizations, and Non-Scheduled Operators (Helicopters).
The course content has been standardized and streamlined. Due transparency is being ensured in the process of training, right through from selection of candidates until grant of Certificate of Completion and possible induction of successful AMEs by prospective employers. Students, passing out from DGCA – approved AME Training Institutes, who have also passed the exams for Papers-l and 2 (or equivalent Modules) conducted by DGCA would be eligible to apply. From the merit list of all registered candidates generated on the AME Apprenticeship portal of the Ministry, final selection for apprenticeship would include assessments/interviews by potential employers registered on the portal with pre-announced vacancies.
Selected candidates would be trained academically with a substantial component of field experience using Standard Training Modules for Fixed Wing, Helicopters and Avionics Streams. Employers would indemnify the students through a suitable insurance policy, besides paying a minimum stipend of Rs. 3,542 per month (or as may be revised from time to time by the Apprenticeship Act, 1961), or higher as per the company’s policy. A Certificate of Competence, which is also recognized as a Certificate of Experience of one-year by DGCA and other stakeholders, would be issued by the establishment concerned to every successful Apprentice.
An interactive portal (www.ameapprenticeship.gov.in) for registration, tracking, monitoring, and disseminating information on AME Apprenticeship is being developed on the Ministry’s website which is expected to be activated shortly. It would serve as a common platform for all stakeholders in AME Apprenticeship training, i.e. students, establishments, academia, training institutes, and regulatory agencies, to register and track and monitor the implementation of such skilling.