Cairns Aviation Skills Centre Celebrates 10 Years

In July, the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre (CASC) will celebrate ten years since opening its doors and this significant milestone.

The Cairns Aviation Skills Centre (CASC) will celebrate ten years since opening its doors and this significant milestone will be celebrated at a dinner hosted in Cairns amongst state and federal representatives, existing and former directors and staff.

CASC was initially set up in 2004 in response to industry demand to provide skilled apprentices locally and to enable the facilitation of aviation training in Cairns, as a substitute to sending apprentices to Brisbane to complete their training.

Today, CASC provides internationally recognised training for apprentices in aircraft mechanics and electronics; flight attendant training; ATPL Pilot theory, and is a Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) approved examination centre. The centre is conveniently located in the general aviation precinct of the Cairns International Airport and is equipped with eight large classrooms, a fully operational hangar and state-of-the-art training equipment providing students the opportunity for real hands-on training and application of theory.

Since 2004, CASC has provided a significant contribution to the aviation industry in Far North Queensland with the provision of skilled and industry ready graduates. From the moment students commence their training at the centre they are being prepared for productive roles within industry and to date, 514 apprentices and 6,640 aviation industry members have undertaken training at CASC.

Chris Pigott, Business Manager CASC said, "The benefit to local industry is only set to grow with our facility planning to expand its offerings this year and in response to the introduction of new aircraft types such as the new Boeing 787, which is built primarily from composite materials and carbon fibre and requires new aircraft specific training. CASC will be the first centre in the region to offer composite training and this training is essential for aviation staff to master the different build and operation of the new aircraft."

CASC's highly experienced instructional team has first-hand industry knowledge of the aviation and aerospace industries' requirements and as a result, can ensure their aviation training is relevant as well as delivered to the high standard required and recognised by industry leaders.

Each year CASC offers a limited number of Government subsidised positions for its institutional Certificate IV in Aeroskills and the next course is due to start 7 July 2014. If an exciting career and working for some of the world's prestigious aviation and aerospace companies is for you, call 07 4034 8101 or email: