MANAGING Director Caverton Helicopters, Captain Josiah Choms has said that in order to progress in the aviation sub-sector, the industry should formally create mentor ship programs to midwife the next generation of aviation professionals.Captain Choms made this known at the 2nd Aviation Careers Conference themed: Mentoring for Effective Human Capital Development organized by MamaJ Consults Limited at the Nigeria Civil Aviation Annex where he explained the concept and intent of mentor ship in the industry.
The Caverton boss who was represented by Mr. Ayodele Omueti while speaking at the event stated that mentors are important and given that the industry is evolving technologically,
“How can mentorship improve us? As a mentor, one expects you will be teachable, you have a hunger to learn, show humility because someone is going to be your councilor.”
Rector of the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology( NCAT), Captain Abdulsalam Mohammed who spoke at the event said building human capital is important for many reasons, least of which is to take full opportunities in the aviation industry.
Represented by Engineer Waheed Dish, Technical Advisor, he stated that Human Capital Development is the backbone of civil aviation without which the industry is nowhere.
He said,”Basically, there are two ways we can handle this: First, by effective and robust mentoring programme for aspiring and young professionals. Experienced aviation professionals must connect with aspiring young people to guide, inform and inspire them about the industry. This chance to meet with industry professionals will give the young ones opportunity to ask the relevant questions about the aviation sector and be able to decide which area of aviation best fits them.”
“It is also a chance for them to get firsthand information on skills they might need to develop and innovations they might need to introduce to the aviation industry. The interaction between the aviation professionals and aspiring aviators will in the other also benefit the professionals too as it will be a chance for them to get feedback of what the industry looks like from an outsiders’ view and what the prospective employees seek from their prospective employers.”
“The second is by developing a new generation of aviation professionals that can step in to take over from the aging professionals in the industry. Fortunately, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is at the forefront of this goal with the introduction of the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP).”
Speaking earlier, Convener of the conference and CEO MamaJ Aviation Consultants, Joy Ogbebo said countries that are advanced and have taken aviation to the next level are the ones that have taken proactive steps to develop human capital.
“There is no better time to start investing in the next generation of Aviation professionals through human capital development. The best time to start mentoring the youth is when they are still young. For us at MamaJ Mentoring Academy, it is privileged to be able to work with talented young people, helping them find a path into their aviation career.”