Third intake of technical trainees begin at Airservices

Airservices third intake of technical trainees have begun an intense training schedule with the national air navigation services provider.
The 15 trainees will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge equipment and systems as the nations air navigation service provider rolls out a $900 million, five-year capital expenditure program.
 
Trainees will complete a two-year Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering at TAFE NSW's Riverina Institute, leading to careers as technical officers with Airservices.
 
Airservices General Manager People and Change, Peter Ward, said that the course was supported by a trade-specific curriculum and training facility.
 
Last month the trainees completed the final stage of their induction with tours of Airservices facilities in Melbourne, as well as field trips to radar installations at Mt Macedon and Gellibrand Hill. They also had the opportunity to visit the Airways Museum at Essendon Airport, Mr Ward said.
 
Over the course of two years, the trainees will learn about communications, surveillance, navigation aids and data systems to help give them the skills to maintain Australias high-tech air traffic control equipment.
 
"This is an ideal opportunity for young people and those with an interest in combining theoretical and practical learning to gain an industry-recognised qualification while learning skills which will be needed to ensure the future of Australia's robust air navigation system," Mr Ward said.
 
The trainees were selected from more than 140 applicants nationally and have come from all around Australia. The group is made up of school leavers and people looking for a career change, and includes four women.
 
While they will be based in Wagga Wagga throughout training, field placements at Airservices locations around the country will provide them with vital practical experience working on equipment such as instrument landing systems, radar and other air navigation aids.

The intake follows the graduation of the first group of 15 trainees in October 2010, who have since taken up permanent positions with Airservices around the country.
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