Travel & Business News has partnered with Caverton Helicopters as title sponsors in the Grand Finale of the 6th Caverton Helicopters/Travel & Business News National Travel Essay Competition (NTEC 2014/15) and 5th Youth Empowerment Seminar (YES)
The programme with the theme ‘Empowering the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals’ is in line with the organisers’ philosophy of raising future aviation professionals.
The annual event which has come to be a regular feature in the aviation industry calendar, is geared towards fulfilling the aspirations of the Nigerian Local Content Initiative in an effort to bridge the skills gap and manpower shortage in the air transport sector; an initiative that is close to the heart of Caverton’s vision of building a professionally run Nigerian Company by Nigerians and with Nigeria in mind.
The grand finale of the industry writing contest which held at the Training Centre of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) Annex, Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja, Lagos on May 23, 2015, brought to a climax a six-month long process of entries being sent in by interested participants from Secondary Schools and Tertiary Institutions to compete for laurels in two separate categories.
The topic for the Secondary Schools Category was; “Airport Development As A Stimulus For Economic Growth,” while that for Tertiary Institutions was; “Encouraging More Women Into Helicopter Aviation.”
The chairman of the occasion, Elder Gbenga Olowo disclosed that as a youngster how he was selected from a vast number of candidates and given an opportunity by Lufthansa German Airlines to follow a career in the travel industry.
He noted that back then he had no idea about the industry until he was picked up and trained by the airline.
“Looking back many decades ago today, we realise that the future of the aviation industry in Nigeria is in the hands of the next generation that is why we have supported this initiative since inception and continue to do so,” he said, adding: that “Ewos Iroro is doing a great job and I encourage more corporate organisations to partner with and support the good work he is doing.”
Speaking on the theme, Capt. Josiah Choms, MD, Caverton Helicopters, noted that Caverton Helicopters is a firm advocate of the age long principle of “Catching Them Young.”
He noted that training of its personnel, with strong emphasis on the younger generation, is at the forefront of Caverton’s vision of being a first rate Nigerian Company offering the best quality of services to its clients in the Oil & gas and Air Transport sectors. He also used the forum to celebrate the company’s young stars that were trained and have achieved rare feats including the Youngest Female Helicopter Pilot, the Youngest Male Pilot and its Deputy Chief Pilot who all happen to be young Nigerians as well as its crop of young engineers.
“In 2014 alone, we trained 13 Caverton Helicopter Engineers,” said Capt. Choms.
In his remarks, founder and Coordinator of NTEC, Mr. Ewos Iroro, said: “Over the years, NTEC has succeeded in stimulating the interests of many young Nigerians for the air transport industry by engaging them through the writing contest as well as several schools outreach programmes and field trips.” He added that in line with the objectives of establishing the writing contest and youth empowerment forum, several of its past winners are now studying to follow a career in aviation notably Miss Peace Adeola, Winner, NTEC 2012/13 currently in China and Miss Karima Sowemimo, Winner, NTEC 2013/14, due to leave for the United States with both of them studying to become Aeronautical Engineers.
According to him, written articles of participants were assessed and graded by a panel of Independent Assessors.

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