European aerospace major Airbus on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Telangana government, the National Skill Development Corporation and Aerocampus France to set up an aerospace skill development centre in Hyderabad.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, and K. Taraka Rama Rao, Telangana’s Minister for Industries and Commerce.
“This first of its kind centre of excellence aims to enhance the employability of young aspirants by imparting the required skills to them,” Rudy was quoted as saying in a statement issued in Bengaluru.
The centre, likely to come up at the Begumpet Airport, Hyderabad, will provide short and long term Certificate and Diploma courses on aircraft manufacturing, logistics, maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO), ground handling and special aviation processes.
“The centre will not only provide training on aircraft maintenance but also on aerospace manufacturing and assembling,” he added.
Rao said the state had taken a lead in setting up India’s first centre of excellence in aerospace manufacturing.
“We understand the importance of skill development in creating a comprehensive and successful aerospace ecosystem,” he said.
He also said the central government will “up-skill the local youth as per international norms”.
Ashish Saraf, Vice President and Make in India officer for Airbus, asserted that the company was sensitive to India’s ambition to have a “thriving indigenous aerospace industry”.
“This centre will play a role in translating this ambition into reality by feeding the industry with a trained talent pool,” Saraf said.
Telangana government will provide space and the initial seed fund for the project, the release said.
The National Skill Development Corporation will channelize the candidates to the training centre.