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Not enough engineers to meet demand, AEROTEL

Company launches 40th anniversary with essay competition

Sunday, May 12, 2019

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Telecommunications Limited, AEROTEL, has formally launched its 40th anniversary essay competition, a move it said is expected to broaden interest among young people in aviation careers.

The competition invites 6th form and undergraduate students to submit an essay of 500-700 words answering the question, 'How does aviation impact the Jamaican economy and what is AEROTEL's role?' for a chance to win airline tickets and a weekend at a local resort.

The submission deadline is May 24, 2019.

Speaking at the company's church service and the launch of its 40th anniversary celebrations recently, AEROTEL's general manager, Howard Armstrong, said the competition is a fun way to make young people aware of the importance of the aviation industry in Jamaica, and [serves] to expose them to various paths in the industry.

“All too often you hear, 'what do you want to be?' And students respond saying 'doctor and lawyer.' We would want them to start thinking about the possibility of a career in aviation, which is a fabulous sector.” Armstrong said.

He noted that the sector is relatively underserved as many students perceive aviation careers, especially engineering, as difficult.

He says that, AEROTEL for instance, which is a subsidiary of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), and other stakeholders in the industry such as the Airports Authority of Jamaica, very often have vacancies which they struggle to fill.

“Persons with engineering degrees, electrical engineering degrees, electronic engineering degrees, majors in telecommunications and computer science engineering degrees are highly demanded. But the sad truth is that we don't have enough of those types of recruits coming out of our universities to meet the demand.” Armstrong added.

He is hoping that by entering the competition students will see the importance and value of the aviation sector in Jamaica.

The company, which has a department mandated to spread awareness about the country's tourism sector, is offering winners exposure to both the tourism and aviation sectors to attract potential entries. The winner will get airline tickets and the runner-up will get a weekend for two at a local resort.

Armstrong called on students to enter the competition also because, “it's an opportunity to learn more about this very interesting area, aviation, that is so important for Jamaica, both socially and economically. Jamaica is absolutely dependent, as a small island state, on aviation. And it's an opportunity to learn more about it, to understand it, to experience it, be inspired by it and hopefully, ultimately, come into it.”

Additionally, the company hopes students will take them into account when considering future career paths as the competition will expose them to AEROTEL's history.

AEROTEL provides maintenance services and air traffic telecommunications for the JCAA. And provides technical services to keep Jamaica's airspace safe.


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