Largest ever civil aviation recruitment drive underway in Guyana
The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is in the middle of the largest ever recruitment drive for civil aviation personnel in Guyana. GCAA on Thursday conducted aptitude tests with a record 160 candidates as part of the selection process for Air Traffic Services (ATS) staff.
Around 300 applications were received in response to a vacancy notice for Air Traffic Control Assistants (ATCA) and Aeronautical Information Management Officers (AIMO) which was published back in June.
According to the vacancy notice, the ATCAs collaborates with the Air Traffic Control Officer for the provision of a safe, effective and efficient air traffic services. This entails the coordination of flight plans, associated messages and aeronautical data between ATS units.
The AIMOs position involves curating aeronautical information that is pertinent to International Air Navigation, with accuracy and timely dissemination being the hallmark of this operation.
The Guyanese air traffic controllers that maintain order in the Guyana airspace normally begin their career as ATCAs and this trend is expected to continue for those who are eventually successful following a rigorous training program, four months in classroom and four months on-the-job-training.
According to sources in the GCAA, candidates selected for the aptitude tests would have had to pass at least five subjects at Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) with Grades I, II or III, inclusive of English, Mathematics and Information Technology. The candidates also had to be between the ages of 17-25 years.
Veteran Air Traffic Controller Courtney Frank who is also head of the local ATS training school said that in this first round of screening, candidates are tested on general knowledge, mathematics, spacial ability and their capacity to carry out multiple tasks simultaneously.
At the end of this process and subsequent interviews, GCAA is hoping to select 25 persons for training.
Recently appointed Director General of GCAA announced in August that the organization will set up its own approved school in another six months to train Air Traffic Controllers. He was at the time speaking at the signing of agreements for eight ATCAs to be trained in Jamaica, adding that “we are in dire need of Air Traffic Controllers.”
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