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Moroccan Aerospace Institute providing aerospace human resources

Released at: 11:08, 02/07/2018

Moroccan Aerospace Institute providing aerospace human resources

Photo: Hai Van

Institute trains 5,500 trainees since being launched in April 2011.

by Van Hai

The Moroccan Aerospace Institute (IMA) is improving human resources in the aerospace sector through professional training programs, according to General Manager Mr. Patrick Ménager.

Trainees in the program learn how to manufacture and assemble jet parts. Since it was founded in April 2011, over 1,000 people have undergone the training program. The training is customized for each company and students are also directly prepared at manufacturing plants.

“IMA has trained 5,500 trainees since being launched, of which 2,600 trainees secured top qualifications and 2,800 found high-level employment,” he told VET. “Notably, the institute has more than 60 companies that are members of the Moroccan Aerospace Industries Association (GIMAS) and most are satisfied with the abilities of trainees.”

“The fruit of a public-private partnership, the IMA is a key link in Morocco’s strategy to encourage movement. We are a tool at the disposal of industrialists. We pre-select candidate profiles for them and we can provide tailor-made training, depending on their needs. As a result, almost all students are employed at the end of their studies.”

In order ensure trainee quality, the IMA team includes permanent trainers who are all professionals from the aeronautical industry and trained in pedagogy, including machinists, aeronautical boilermakers, aircraft cell fitter-assemblers, composites specialists, specialists in the field of electrical and electronic wiring in aeronautics, and specialists in production organization and management. Trainers all have a minimum of ten years of professional experience, of which at least five years was at an aeronautical company.

Compared with the Moroccan national educational model, IMA is not a traditional training center where trainees obtain a diploma. It is, instead, a qualifying portal between available resources and aerospace companies and adapts to the exact talent needs of companies, training workers to be qualified in international standards for greater competitiveness.

Recruited at the end of a very selective process (on knowledge, technical skills, sharing of aeronautical values, and aptitude to become a trainer), they follow a cycle of training in pedagogy, alternating theoretical knowledge and simulations in the classroom and workshops.

It was created in partnership with the public and private sector to train workers according to demand from aerospace companies established in the country. Bombardier is its largest client.

Investment of $12 million was required to build and equip the center. Students are recruited by the IMA itself, according to the companies’ demand, and the institute covers half of the training costs while companies requesting the training cover the other half.

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