The 10 young Air Niugini engineers, including two women, have returned to Papua New Guinea with their Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) certificates after successfully completing the four-year engineering cadet program.
This took place at the Air New Zealand Training institute in Christchurch and with Aviation Australia at the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre.
The cadet AMEs include Elena Mai, Lyndah Eremas, Kelvin Piongats, Gavin Eron, Ronald Kayoka, Raphael Vagi, Robstoan Gare Eremugo, Nathan Poy Ulastone, Damien Kadiko and Solomon Kawage .
Two years were spent doing theoretical training in Christchurch followed by practical training in Cairns.
The program was fully funded by Air Niugini at the cost of more than K5million. It aims at developing young Papua New Guineans to be fully licensed aircraft maintenance engineers to support careers with Air Niugini.
Air Niugini CEO Simon Foo said Air Niugini was committed to training, skilling and development of human resources by investing millions of kina towards employee training every year.
Air Niugini currently has four groups of AME cadets at various stages of training. They total 37 in number, of which six are women.