Next Generation of Aviation Professionals
Under the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) Programme, ICAO has been working closely with its partners Airports Council International (ACI), Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), EUROCONTROL, International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Associations (IAOPA), International Air Transport Association (IATA), International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industry Associations (ICCAIA), International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations (IFALPA), International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers' Associations (IFATCA) and International Federation of Air Traffic Safety Electronics Association (IFATSEA) and contributors to promote outreach activities around the world by participating in various aviation forums, developing communication and publicity tools, and engaging directly with students and educators.
The NGAP Programme has received increased visibility and there has been greater awareness of the need to engage the next generation of aviation professionals. The ICAO Council requested that NGAP expand its scope to include all aviation professionals. The 39th Session of the Assembly emphasized in Resolution A39-29 the need for a continued leadership role for ICAO in facilitating communication and collaboration with States and industry so as to support the development of forecasts, strategies, sharing of best practices, planning tools, and guidelines for engaging and cultivating the next generation of aviation professionals.
Key NGAP achievements in 2016 include: a clear mandate for the NGAP Programme as provided in Resolution A39-29; incorporation of NGAP in the updated Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP) and Global Aviation Safety Plan (GASP) and the ICAO Business Plan; establishment of ICAO links to the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to unite the aviation, education and labour sectors; State outreach developments in Cameroon, Canada, China, Ireland, Singapore, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom and United States. Additional information can be found on the NGAP page of the ICAO website.