Lufthansa signs training deal with Angeles school

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ANGELES CITY, Philippines—The aircraft maintenance subsidiary of Germany’s flag carrier, Lufthansa, in the country has entered into a training contract with Jocson College Inc. (JCI), a school that offers two-year aircraft maintenance technology and avionics technology courses.

Under the agreement, Lufthansa Technical Training Philippines Inc. (LTTP) will provide theoretical and practical instructions and training to JCI students in accordance with the requirements of the European Aviation Safety Agency starting June this year.

The agreement was signed by Jochen Harms, LTTP general manager, and Ma. Felisa Jocson, JCI vice president at the Clark Freeport on Friday.

Harms said his company chose JCI as its training partner after it saw the school’s interest to provide its students with high-quality training.

“Lufthansa Technical Training and the Jocson College have the same vision and philosophy. That is why we did not have a hard time in reaching this agreement. We are both willing to provide young people with world-class training for their future tasks,” Harms said.

Harms said the negotiation for the training agreement was discussed with JCI in February.

Jocson said the school was set to acquire a three-engine Boeing 727 airplane from TransGlobal Airways, a cargo airline based at the Clark International Airport.

Brian Matthew Nepomuceno, JCI legal officer, said minor details, like parking arrangement and documentation, are being ironed out with TransGlobal for the purchase of the aircraft.

Jocson and Nepomuceno said the aircraft, whose purchase amount they declined to disclose, would be used in the training of aircraft maintenance and avionics technology students.

Jose Casi, director of JCI aviation training department, said each student who would undergo the LTTP training program would have to pay $900 (P38,344.50).

He said the training would be incorporated in the curriculum of incoming first year students, while the graduating students will be taught the first half of the training program and the remaining half will be given to them in modules.

Harms expects at least 92 percent of those who would undertake the LTTP training program to pass and receive certificates of completion.

He said LTTP had designed the training program to be easily understood by students.

“With our methodology of blended training, we hope to educate the young people to become responsible, independent, dedicated and proactive thinking professionals in their respective fields,” he said.

Harms said a training director from Lufthansa’s headquarters in Germany will arrive in June to oversee the implementation of the LTTP training program at JCI.—Jun Malig

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