Launch of Programme for Young Aviation Professionals

05 February 2018


Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO Council President, and Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, signed the Memorandum of Understanding on 5 February 2018.

To celebrate SAA’s 60th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of Singapore’s membership in the ICAO Council, a new five-year Programme for Young Aviation Professionals (PYAP) has been launched.

Continuing its tradition of offering quality aviation education and training efforts to build aviation human capital globally, Singapore and ICAO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 5 February 2018, to establish a new five-year Programme for Young Aviation Professionals (PYAP). The MOU was inked by Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Singapore Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, and Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO Council President, at the Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit 2018.

Under the agreement, SAA and ICAO will jointly provide 40 scholarships and 600 fellowships for young aviation professionals aged 35 and below. The investment of S$6 million in this programme is aimed at developing the skillsets of future aviation leaders so as to facilitate bringing the global civil aviation sector to greater heights.

“This new Singapore-ICAO programme for NGAP provides an excellent example of how governments, organisations and other partners can work together to address our network’s need for skilled aviation personnel and managers, and we hope to see similar programmes in the years ahead,” remarked Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO Council President. Dr Aliu highlighted ICAO’s priorities in ensuring sufficient skilled human resources development globally to meet the needs of the global air transport network, which is poised to double in flight and passenger volumes in the next 15 years.

At the signing ceremony, Mr Khaw pointed out the significance of the MOU as it marks SAA’s 60th anniversary and Singapore’s 15th year as an ICAO Council member. “The new MOU will double the usual amount provided in each run of the DCTP. It is a substantial improvement to our commitment to support the growth of international civil aviation,” said Mr Khaw Boon Wan, Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure and Minister for Transport, Singapore.

He noted that the Singapore-ICAO Developing Countries Training Programme (DCTP) has been providing scholarships and fellowships valued at about S$800,000 a year since 2001 and the new PYAP will be a boost to ICAO’s No Country Left Behind and the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) initiatives.