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Developing people and airports is in ACI’s DNA, explains Kevin Caron, head of Global Training & Developing Nations Airport Assistance Programme.

As airport professionals, we understand the value of continuing education and the essential role it plays in advancing safe, secure and sustainable leadership in the development of airports. 

For ACI Global Training (GT), keeping abreast of current and upcoming change has been the ingredient to providing a diverse range of high quality, accessible and relevant academic courses and diplomas in the areas of safety, security, leadership and management, economics, environment, facilitation and customer service. 

As we celebrate ACI World’s 25th Anniversary, GT is also celebrating 10 years for the delivery of the first ACI John Molson School of Business Airport Executive Leadership Programme (AELP) along with the development of the Global ACI-International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP). 

These programmes have led to continued success in providing education programmes to our airport members and World Business Partners.

In the last decade, we delivered over 800 courses to more than 12,000 students worldwide. Furthermore, our Online Learning Centre, which provides web-based courses, saw more than 15,000 students use this learning platform, translating into over 60,000 hours of online training.  

AELP continues to attract CEOs and executive senior management to develop the airport leaders of tomorrow. 

As of the end of 2015, 539 International Airport Professionals (IAPs) and 27 Associates have graduated from AMPAP. The Global Safety Network (GSN) Diploma Programme has already helped over 200 graduates advance their careers in airport safety.

More importantly, since the inception of the ACI Developing Nations Airports Assistance Programme (ACI-DNA) in 2013, GT has delivered over 29 standalone complimentary seminars to almost 1,000 students from 72 different developing and least developed countries. 

We have also expanded the scope of ACI-DNA’s activities to grant scholarships to our members attending GT courses, further facilitating access to training and capacity-building resources for our members.

At the same time, the demand for specialised in-house training under ACI-DNA has also grown significantly. In 2016 alone, we are set to deliver four workshops in the African region (Mauritania, Senegal, Chad and Togo) and one in the Asia-Pacific region (Mongolia). 

Finally, ACI-DNA has also subsidised training activities in conjunction with ACI’s APEX Programmes following the completion of APEX in Safety reviews. 

Looking ahead, we will focus on strengthening GT’s role as a leading airport training provider in partnership with our training centres, faculty, GT Steering Group and various ACI committees. 

We hope to enhance our strong relationship with ICAO to develop more joint ACI-ICAO course offerings. In addition, we will continue to collaborate with other aviation partners to expand our existing courses into additional languages. 

GT will also explore the possibility of diversifying our training programmes by offering new courses through the ACI Accredited Training Institutes. And through the DNA Programme, we will ensure continued support for the Airport Excellence (APEX) Safety Assessor Training programme. 

As you would expect GT will continue to explore new methods by which to support ACI members in better defining what leadership, management and operational/technical skills are required for them to meet their strategic plans. 

As our dynamic aviation industry continues to change rapidly, GT is proud to play a significant role in educating the current and future generation of airport professionals. 

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