Indian Navy is establishing a new training school to supplement its aviation technology talent pool

The Indian Navy has started an apprentice training school at Dabolim to upskill ITI students and give them technical skills which will enable them to get employment as technicians for civilian and military aircraft.

The school will address the shortfall of aeronautical technicians, said the Indian Navy in a statement. While the first batch includes five students, the Indian Navy intends to scale up the school to accommodate around 50 apprentices per batch.

The Apprentice Training School (ATS) is attached to the Naval Aircraft Yard at INS Hansa and was inaugurated by master craftsman shipwright Rama Chari, the longest-serving employee of the naval aircraft yard. Assistant chief of naval staff (Air Material) rear admiral Deepak Bansal was present for the inauguration.

While the Indian Navy advertised for vacancies for apprentices in November 2021, just five candidates were selected for the first batch.

“The ATS aims to augment the aviation technical talent pool and also aid the national apprenticeship promotion scheme under the ‘Skill India’ initiative. The school is one of the limited vocational training institutes of the country in aeronautical technology,” said a naval officer.

The Navy said that the training school will provide “impetus for upskilling the technical workforce and also address the shortfall of aeronautical vocational training centres” in the defence and civilian sectors.

While the Indian Navy advertised for vacancies for apprentices in November 2021, just five candidates were selected for the first batch. The five candidates are two fitters and three electricians who hail from Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

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INS Hansa is India’s biggest naval airbase.

“It is intended to scale up the school to accommodate around 50 apprentices per batch,” the Navy stated. The Navy is offering apprenticeships at the naval ship repair yard at Karwar and the Naval Aircraft Yard at INS Hansa and the selected candidates had the option of choosing Karwar or Goa.

The Navy said that just five candidates opted for Goa. The selection, tests and interviews were held at the Naval base at Karwar.

INS Hansa, is an Indian naval air station located near Dabolim in Goa, India. It is India’s biggest naval airbase. The military air base has a civil enclave, that operates as Dabolim Airport.

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