Air India SATS Airport Services Pvt. Ltd (AISATS), India’s premier airport services company launched Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) certification program for its employees on 5th Feb 2019 in Mumbai, in partnership with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Aerospace and Aviation Sector Skill Council (AASSC).
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a flagship program under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE). The scheme plans to impart skill based training to one crore people.
AISATS is the first ground handling company in India to launch the RPL program, under which, employees will be assessed for their knowledge, skills and aptitude acquired while on the job as AISATS’ employees. On successful completion of the assessment, applicants will receive a certificate from NSDC and AASSC. The RPL platform will facilitate AISATS to provide additional recognition to its employees.
Commenting on the association, Ramanathan Rajamani, CEO, AISATS said, “The airport services business forms the backbone of the aviation industry, ensuring safe and secure travel and delivery of goods. With air passenger traffic in India expected to cross the 1 billion mark by 2040, sustainable and skilled manpower is a key focus for AISATS. We are delighted to have partnered with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and Aerospace & Aviation Sector Skill Council (AASSC) to serve the purpose of recognizing and providing the industry with this much needed expertise. At AISATS, our employees are our most valuable assets and we remain keen to facilitate their professional development.”
Speaking on the partnership, Peter Immanuel, CEO, Aerospace and Aviation Sector Skill Council (AASSC) said, “Air India SATS is the first company in the aviation sector to launch the RPL program under the Skill India initiative of the Government of India. This program will directly enhance the productivity of the company and increase the motivational level of the employees. Such planned skill development programs will promote a culture of continuous learning in the organization.”
The pilot batch of RPL certification will commence in Bengaluru with an aim to certify 1700 staff. In the next six months, AISATS will roll out this program at its other locations in New Delhi, Hyderabad, Trivandrum and Mangaluru with a target of certifying 4000 employees.
A note on Air India SATS
AISATS is a 50:50 joint venture between Air India Limited and SATS Limited, a leading gateway services and food solutions provider in Asia. As part of the Indian Government’s initiative to upgrade its airports to world-class facilities and attract more airlines to fly into India, AISATS was formed with the vision to provide world-class airport services in ground and cargo handling that exceed customers’ expectations.