Workshop on "Training and human resource needs of aviation engineering in Vietnam"

Within the framework of a series of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Vietnam-France cooperation, on May 23, 2023, the University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (USTH), under Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, organized the Seminar "Training and human resource needs of Aviation Engineering in Vietnam". The conference aims to connect and provide useful and up-to-date information on the human resource needs of the Aeronautical Engineering industry in Vietnam in the new context, and at the same time enhance exchanges between training institutions and other business partners.

After the COVID-19 pandemic was controlled, the recovery and development of the aviation industry had many clear signals, accompanied by a growth in the demand for human resources in the aviation industry in general and aviation engineering. In particular, this seminar gathered the participation of speakers from training institutions (IAS/Bricks, ENAC, University of Science and Technology, Vietnam Aviation Academy), major aviation enterprises of Vietnam and France. (Vietnam Airlines, VAECO, Bamboo Airways, AESC Aviation Technical Services Joint Stock Company, Airbus Group). Besides, the seminar is also a place to meet, exchange and connect students, lecturers, aviation training institutions with businesses in terms of training, internship and job opportunities. At the same time, the seminar is also an interdisciplinary forum for training institutions and employers to share about training activities and the current job market of the aeronautical engineering industry.

Overview of the Seminar 

Sharing at the seminar, in general, aviation enterprises, experts and training institutions in the aviation field confirmed that the aviation market is gradually recovering and Vietnam needs to focus on training high-quality human resources to unleash the full potential of the industry. The workshop was divided into 3 discussion sessions with 14 reports, the main content being the discussion of aviation human resource needs in Vietnam; Challenges and solutions to improve the quality of aviation human resource training today; and Current status of training programs and human resource needs. "The demand for human resources is very much, but it must be high-quality human resources," emphasized Mr. Nguyen Chien Thang, Deputy General Director of Vietnam Airlines. According to Mr. Nguyen Chien Thang, currently, the domestic aviation market exceeds about 18% compared to 2019, the international market is recovering, it is forecasted that the end of this year will be equal to 2019. As the commercial aviation industry recovers from the pandemic and has a long-term development plan, it is anticipated that the demand for aviation staff will increase, as well as the continuing need for high-quality human resource training. Mr. Nguyen Chien Thang said that for the Southeast Asian market in the next 20 years, it is necessary to add about 60,000 aeronautical technicians because the number of aircraft has almost doubled, so the demand for aircraft maintenance will be increased. For the Vietnamese market, airlines are planning to expand their business and are looking for additional personnel at maintenance facilities, of which Vietnam Airlines plans to recruit up to hundreds of engineers per year. 



Some pictures of speeches, reports and shares at the Seminar 

Mr. Ta Minh Trong, Head of Flight Safety Department, Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, said that Vietnamese airlines are in the development stage, with a very strong fleet development plan. However, the current capacity to maintain aircraft, engines and aircraft equipment in Vietnam is still limited. In addition, investment costs for training facilities in accordance with ICAO standards are relatively large. In addition, there is no incentive policy for the aviation human resource development strategy in general and the aircraft maintenance engineering industry in particular. These are opportunities but also challenges for the development of aviation staff in general, and aeronautical engineering in particular.

Speaking at the Conference, Prof. Jean-Marc Lavest, President of USTH School, said that training institutions need to stay updated on the demand for aeronautical engineering human resources in Vietnam in the new context; At the same time, there must be a connection between students, lecturers, aviation training institutions with businesses in terms of training, internships and job opportunities in this field. For aircraft repair and maintenance work - a specific field of working in a highly disciplined environment, requiring extremely strict discipline, foreign language proficiency, and professionalism to ensure absolute safety, the quality of human resources plays a decisive role. Training an aeronautical engineer is an arduous process. Therefore, the school has started to implement the aviation engineering training program with two majors in flight maintenance and operation since 2018, with the support and cooperation from major partners such as Airbus Group, the Institute French Aerospace (IAS/Bricks), French School of Civil Aviation (ENAC), Vietnam Airlines, Aircraft Engineering One Member Limited Liability Company (VAECO). The training program is built according to international standards with the learning language in English. Students learn theory closely combined with practice at the modern Aviation laboratory and professional practice.


Translated by Quoc Khanh
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