NGAP initiative was launched in 2009 to help ensure that enough qualified and
competent aviation professionals are available to operate, manage and maintain
the future international air transport system. This is critical as a large
contingent of the current generation of aviation professionals will retire,
access to affordable training and education is increasingly problematic, and
aviation competes with other industry sectors for highly skilled professionals.
The lack of harmonized competencies in some aviation disciplines and a lack of
awareness by the “next generation” of the types of aviation jobs available
further compounds the challenge.
ICAO, through the NGAP Programme, provides a platform to raise awareness and engage with stakeholders on the impending shortages of personnel, and to promote cooperation and coordination within the global aviation and education community to attract, educate and retain the next generation of aviation professionals.
Recognizing the importance of the NGAP initiative to the aviation community and the need for support from ICAO, States, academia and industry, the initiative was formalized as an ICAO Programme in 2016 and is being considered in all strategic objective areas. The ICAO NGAP Programme has also been incorporated into the ICAO Business Plan and Global Plans for Aviation Safety and Air Navigation.
ICAO leadership of this important programme was also recognized by ICAO Member States with the adoption of an Assembly Resolution in October 2016, A39-29: Next Generation of Aviation of Professionals. Furthermore, at the conclusion of the NGAP Global Summit that was held in November 2017, a NGAP Communiqué outlined key priorities for the NGAP Programme.
To-date NGAP has:
Along with all aviation stakeholders, ICAO is committed to creating an environment that will allow the next generation to lead in the development of aviation's future. This includes maintaining active lines of communication with the students as the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals.