Sixteen youngsters from various parts of Guyana, including Region 9 (Upper Takatu/Upper Essequibo), will receive training to become Air Traffic Control Assistants (ATCAs) and Aeronautical Information Management Officers (AIMOs), at the Civil Aviation Training School (CATS).
Director General, Lt. Col. (Ret’d) Egbert Field, signed the contracts for the individuals to be trained when he met with them and their guardians last Thursday (31 May 2018), at the Head Office of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
The Director-General admonished the students to take the training with the seriousness it deserves, and to embrace it as the GCAA prepares them for a rewarding career.
“This is not a job, and don’t think of this training as a job, it’s a career, a life-changing career, one that is both rewarding and gratifying,” Col. Field said.
The Guardians for the students were also charged to ensure that the students maintain discipline during the period of training.
“I need all of them to be successful in this training, I don’t want any failures. The GCAA has very high standards and we will not settle for second best or substandard, so if they are going astray, you have a responsibility to ensure that you get them in line” the Director General said.
The candidates were selected from a batch of one hundred and twenty applicants after their successful performance at an aptitude test which was administered by the Civil Aviation Training School. The candidates will receive a stipend each month during the period of training – which is slated to last for a period of three months. Upon successful completion of the training, the candidates will be offered full time employment at the GCAA.