Aviation Africa: AviAssist launch new online course

AviAssist has launched a new product for Africa’s ground handling industry today at Aviation Africa 2022.

The new online course on Aeronautical Knowledge for Ground Handling will help address one of the main threats to safety that IATA has identified.

“We are privileged to have worked with AviAssist to develop this course”, explained, NAC2000 managing director Jonathan Lewis at Aviation Africa. NAC2000 is the only IATA (ISAGO) certified ground handler in Zambia. “It is difficult and expensive to continuously train new staff members at both operational and mid management levels. Many skilled employees have left the industry and are not coming back. Recruiting, training and accrediting new staff can take up to six months. So, it is critical that we retain current staff and find more efficient ways of onboarding new personnel. This course takes away some of the pain for us of onboarding new staff and will help us retain staff too”.

The blended learning course consists of curated videos that are watched on demand over a two-week period. That is combined with assessor led live sessions in which participants are assessed for their knowledge. It provides an appreciation of the risks and safety components related to the daily working environment at the airport. The course modules include human factors, dangerous goods, airside safety, container & pallet inspection and aircraft performance with weight & balance.

“We are thrilled that sponsoring of the course by Willis Towers and Watson and aircraft manufacturer ATR enable us to keep the price point for this course very low at US$99 per person with a special 25% discount available to visitors of Aviation Africa”, said Tom Kok, Director of AviAssist. “That means it’s also accessible to smaller handlers and even individuals keen to develop their resume.”

The course assists employers with an affordable induction training, motivates staff and gives them both out outline for further professional development opportunities. It was developed by industry experts from the Netherlands and Zambia and tested by new and experience ground handling staff in four African countries.

The first intake of the course is for the 1st of November. The special discount code #AvAf22 is available to visitors of Aviation Africa if they book before 16 September. More information and booking at aviassist.org/shop