The Nigerian College of Aviation Technology (NCAT) has obtained the approval of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to resume training after the COVID-19 lockdown.
NCAT said in a statement that it will resume phased training from October 12, 2020 adding that training will be done in strict compliance with enhanced safety measures in line with its COVID-19 prevention/control procedures manual.
To ensure maximum safety and comfort of trainees at the college, it said some precautions and measures had been put in place to stop the spread and transmission of COVID-19 virus.
They include *development of COVID-19 Prevention/Control Procedures Manual (NCOVID-19PM) in line with the recommendations of the NCAA, NBTE, Federal Ministry of Health and WHO;
*regular, well-supervised, and documented cleaning and disinfection of aircraft, simulators, trainers, training equipment, classrooms, briefing rooms, aircraft hangars, hostels, cafeteria and other training facilities in strict compliance with the NCOVID-19PM and NCDC recommendations;
*health screenings of all students on arrival at the college’s aeromedical centre
*provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for all trainees and staff as well as enforcing the mandatory use of face masks during trainings and in public spaces; provision of Hand washing and Hand sanitizing points at multiple locations within the College premises; fixing of Signages at strategic locations in the College to sensitize staff and trainees about the prevention and control of COVID-19;
*rearrangement of seats in classrooms, workshops, laboratories, cafeteria and other training facilities to ensure physical distancing of 2meters. Each classroom is currently arranged to accommodate half of its normal capacity; labelling of seats to ensure social distancing in Lecture Theater, offices, common rooms, laboratories, workshops and hangars; and
*conduct of online HSE training with emphasis on COVID-19 prevention/control for all trainees prior to resumption.
NCAT with the vision of maintaining the prestigious position of the foremost aviation training institution in Africa and amongst the best in the world, has consistently for over 55 years provided the aviation industry with professionals and other personnel through training and related services for safe air transportation in accordance with international standards.
The College is an NCAA Approved Training Organization and designated as a Regional Training Center of Excellence by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). It is also accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) to offer National and Higher National Diploma Courses.