In training delivery, focus will shift to digital methods as opposed to conventional classroom training:
- 36% of the respondents have already moved their focus to distance / e-learning
- 85% of the respondents said that online learning including virtual classrooms will play an important role in the recovery
Digital learning options already played a key role in some of the initiatives IATA offered in supporting the industry during the pandemic, such as:
- A special online training course for former cabin crew to help them realize their potential outside the industry
- Virtual classroom training for temperature-controlled cargo operations to support the vaccine transport
- An eLearning module for the transport of pharma products and vaccines by air
- Training on Ground Support Equipment to support ground handlers in managing their supply during the pandemic and enabling maintenance of vital equipment.
- Transforming critical training courses – such as dangerous goods – into a virtual format to enable attendance in the face of travel restrictions.
As aviation rebuilds, topics such as sustainability and digitalization will gain in importance. IATA is already working with several academic partners to design courses on sustainability to attract new talent and help shape the future of aviation. Furthermore, a new cross-functional Aeronautical Skills IATA Working Group will ensure that the future training requirements are in line with the needs brought about by the digital transformation of the industry.
“IATA continues to be ready to support the training needs of the aviation value chain. During the COVID-19 pandemic we have shown that we can quickly adapt to changing requirements. With the groundwork done on sustainability and digitalization, we are preparing to satisfy the needs of tomorrow’s aviation workforce,” said Leger.