The Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology and SR Technics represented by its Training Services signed an agreement that will contribute to develop a strong supply of adequately trained technical persons in aircraft maintenance by means of jointly setting up a training centre in Malta.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the MCAST Main Campus by Prof. Joachim James Calleja, MCAST principal and Stephan Wiegelmann, VP Training Services at SR Technics.
Through this collaboration both parties will support the growing aircraft maintenance industry with adequately trained technical support and certifying staff to sustain the current and future needs of the industry. They will explore opportunities to offer vocational education and training and apprenticeship programmes and will allocate the necessary infrastructures and support structures for further technical training services to be provided in Malta.
They will design and develop new training facilities and more technology-based and mobile learning opportunities to meet the emerging training requirements including new learning methodologies such as VR and AR.
VR (Virtual Reality - an interactive computer-generated experience taking place within a simulated environment) and AR (Augmented Reality - an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real-world are "augmented" by computer-generated perceptual information).
MCAST will provide the infrastructure to develop and enhance the new joint training centre in Malta whereas SR Technics will provide the legislative infrastructure and personnel with appropriate skills to accommodate the needs of the market.
Wiegelmann said: "I am delighted to be partnering with MCAST to help deliver the training for our current workforce and the workforce of the future and also setting up the training centre here in Malta. These new collaboration and opportunities will greatly benefit the aviation maintenance industry."
Prof. Calleja stated: "Today we add another important leading industry player to the list of MCAST partners. Through this collaboration our students will be provided with state-of-the-art training in the latest best practices and emerging technologies within this important growing industry."
Source: the Malta Independent