Lahore (PR); First graduation ceremony of PIA Training Centre's three-year apprenticeship training programme in airline technical ground support was held.

 59 graduates successfully completed the region's first ever programme of its kind.  PIA Chief Operating Officer Bernd Hildenbrand was chief guest on the occasion.

Aviation industry is facing acute shortage in technical ground support and PIA Training Centre has taken the initiative to develop and train these apprentices to fill the gap. Due to lack of skilled manpower in Airline Technical Ground Support, the aviation industry is facing huge losses in the form of damage to equipments and to the aircraft.

Speaking on this occasion Hildenbrand said that because of this programme PIA was producing skilled manpower. He congratulated the passing out graduates and appreciated the efforts of concerned PIA management as well as the faculty members of PIA Training Center for taking the challenge and successfully completing the three-year training program.

Since 2014, PIA has set up seven training centers in various parts of the country in addition to Karachi, in which around 600 students are currently studying.

Others present during the ceremony included Director Corporate Planning, MRO, Training and EASA, Mr. Amir Ali; Principal PIA Training Centre, Mr. Sohail Mahmood; Chief Instructor Passenger Services Unit, Syed Aftab Ali Zaidi and GM Technical Training, Mr. Roman Schroeder.