SriLankan on IATA top ten
The International Air Transportation Association (IATA) names
SriLankan Airlines International Aviation Academy (IAA) as one of its
ten best Authorised Training Centres (ATC) in South Asia, for 2012. The
award is a formidable endorsement of the outstanding contribution by IAA
in developing human capital for tomorrows air transport industry and
Guido Gianasso, IATA Vice President Human Capital, Pradeepa
Kekulawala, SriLankan's Head of Human Resources; Gill Gurjit,
IATA Regional Training Head South Asia; Buddhika Hewawasam, IAA
Development Manager and Ismail Albaidhani and IATA Head of
Distance Learning at the awards ceremony.
“It gives us great pride and encouragement to receive this
recognition from the world's top aviation trade organisation and
strengthens the IAA in its pursuit of excellence, to empower human
resources to face tomorrow's aviation challenges,” said SriLankan
Airlines Head of Human Resources, Pradeepa Kekulawala. The award was
based on IAAs strategic direction and progress, quality of delivery, and
end result on anoverall high aggregate of 90 percent. The IAA is the
training and development arm of SriLankan Airlines Limited. Its
portfolio provides more than 80 training modules under five faculties,
management and sales; information technology; passenger, cargo and
safety. It is a total solutions provider of skills, knowledge and
inter-personal skills training for all employees of Sri Lankan.
The IAA which has an IATA regional training status, conducts globally
recognised professional aviation training in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
IAA also works closely with the United Federation of Travel Agents
Association (UFTAA), the Federation of Freight Forwarders Association (FIATA),
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lankas Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and
Airport and Aviation. Partnering the CAA, the IAA is engaged in
launching aviation clubs in Sri Lankas schools in support of the
government’s ‘Guwansara’ Programme which aims to create awareness and
interest in the global aviation industry, amongst the younger
IAA is consistently striving towards becoming the most preferred
training partner and catalyst of south Asia's aviation industry by
providing the widest portfolio of world class aviation training. It also
aims to be a viable business partner by converting aviation training
into profit generating business.
Over 60 years, IATA has developed the commercial standards that built
a global industry. Today, IATA's mission is to represent, lead and serve
the airline industry.
Its members comprise some 240 airlines - the world's leading
passenger and cargo airlines among them - representing 84% of total air
traffic. SriLankan's association with the IATA Training and Development
Institute (ITDI) is progressively becoming stronger and is an invaluable
support to the development of the IAA.
The ITDI currently offers a continuously expanding portfolio of over
400 courses and a wide range of diplomas in the fields of airlines,
airports, civil aviation, air navigation services, cargo, safety and
security, as well as management and training skills from entry level to