SINGAPORE - Temasek Polytechnic has opened a new facility to train students and working adults to meet the manpower needs of the aviation industry, in line with the national SkillsFuture initiative.
The 6,000 sq m Temasek Aviation Academy comprises aircraft technical training workshops, an aircraft-access training hangar, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) development facilities, a closed-looped wind tunnel and flight simulators among other facilities.
Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo, who officially opened it on Friday (Jan 8), said meeting the industry's manpower needs will be a challenge as Changi Airport continues to grow with plans for a third runway and a mega passenger terminal, Terminal 5.
The future is about on-the-job and active learning and while these are not new concepts, they have taken on greater significance due to the need to future-proof the Singaporean core workforce, she said.
Mrs Teo said: "Essentially, the skilfulness of our people will determine how successfully we make Changi a better air hub in spite of the constraints we face."
It will not be enough to just train people for their current jobs.
"We often say we want them to be future-ready but how do we do that when the job categories, designs and requirements of the future are evolving and often yet unknown? It turns out that cultivating a healthy attitude towards learning, a certain flexibility of the mind, and developing the skills of adaptation are key," she said.
Temasek Polytechnic also introduced the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programme (ELP) for aerospace technicians last August.
Mrs Teo, who presented certificates to 13 trainees of this programme, said that the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore is also working with industry partners to launch similar programmes for airport passenger services and ground operations.