Based on a working paper she had written, Yeo Xing Jie, a final year student from the Diploma in Aviation Management & Services (AMS), was selected by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore to represent our nation at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) Model Council session held in Montreal, Canada, on 3 & 4 Dec 2014. She reports on her experience.
In October 2014, my lecturer informed me that the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) was calling for proposal papers on the topic, “How to attract and retain talent in the aviation industry”. With help from my lecturers, and after working on it for weeks, I submitted a paper and to my surprise, mine was selected!
Under a supervisor at the CAAS, I then worked on improving the paper further. I was then selected to represent Singapore at the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) Model Council session held in Montreal, Canada.
Xing Jie representing Singapore at the Model Council session
The Model Council session, organised for NGAPs like us to share our viewpoints, debate, negotiate, and draft resolutions, just like a real ICAO Council session, gave us an insight into each country’s role in the decision-making process. There, we discussed the issue of how the aviation industry can attract and retain talented professionals.
We were also given a tour of Ecole Nationale d'Aerotechnique, the largest college-level aeronautical institute in North America, where we saw more than 300 aircraft used for training students to become Licensed Aircraft Engineers. Some students had even built a passenger plane which they could actually fly!
Of course, it wasn’t all work and no play. We had the opportunity to enjoy Montreal’s sights such as the Notre Dame Basilica, Old Town and Mont Royal, and of course – no trip to Canada would be complete without this – try their maple syrup!
Indeed, the things which I have learnt in my diploma course actually came to life before my eyes in Montreal!