JCAA summer work programme introduces youth to aviation industry
Flight Data Processor at the Kingston Air Traffic Control Centre.
The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) is actively preparing the next generation of Jamaica's aviation professionals through its comprehensive Summer Work Programme.
The primary objective of this programme is to give students from varying communities, exposure in a dynamic work environment while introducing them to the possibility of the aviation industry as a future line of work. However, the organisation is also able to benefit from the research, filing/inventory, and IT support services provided by the participants.
Each year the JCAA conducts a robust three-week summer programme for over 100 participants between the ages of 16 to 25 who are enrolled in secondary and tertiary institutions. The participants, who hail from various backgrounds, are assigned to learn from and work with different departments in the JCAA including Flight Safety, IT, Finance, and Air Traffic Services. Returning summer students are allowed to rotate to other departments, learning new areas along the way.
This summer programme puts on display various career options in aviation, ranging from technical to administrative. While learning about the activities of the JCAA, the students are provided with opportunities to enhance their skills and professionalism with real assignments and subsequent constructive feedback.
Commenting on the programme, JCAA Director-General Nari Williams Singh noted, “this year’s summer programme has proven to be a tremendous success. Aviation is one of those fields that get overlooked in schools when careers are being discussed. Although the JCAA has an input in career talks at few schools, the summer programme has given us a greater opportunity to properly introduce students to the world of aviation and give them a glimpse into what it is that we do at the JCAA. The response so far has been amazing and I foresee continued growth for the programme in the years to come”.
Deputy Director-General Nichole Morgan, also stated, “the continued success of the JCAA’s summer programme is a clear indication that there is a growing interest in Jamaica’s youth about the aviation industry. Aviation is growing and advancing in Jamaica each year and so it is important to lay the foundations early for those who will become the next generation of aviation professionals”.