"Today is a day of celebration for all of us." That is how the General Manager of ME, Mário Lobato Faria, began the closing speech of the ceremony of graduation to 21 students, the 20th and 21th classes of the course of MAT ab initio, which took place in the Auditorium of ME on the 15th of February.
In 2017, TAP celebrates 30 years of Training of MAT ab initio
TAP is a training organization certified EASA Part 147 (TAP/MTO - Maintenance Training Organization) and in the last five years, graduated and hired more than 120 MAT’s. In addition to training its own technicians, provides services to other airlines, forming their MAT’s, as is the case of SATA and TAAG.
The event from the 15th of February marked the commitment of TAP with the training of its own technicians for the maintenance of aircrafts, and promises to be repeated briefly: at the same time, was already in process of nominations for the new course of MAT, which will last about seven months and give rise to two classes, for a total of 40 trainees.
This bet is, once more, the enhancement of human resources as fundamental to the success of the company and the intention to give continuity to the processes of recruitment and training, in the area of maintenance and engineering and others.
21 new technicians assume new roles
In this event, Fernando Pinto, CEO of TAP and Accountable Manager of TAP MTO (Maintenance Training Organization) highlighted the importance of this professional group in the context of the Company, as well as the relevance of the Training Center of TAP and the TAP MTO, training organization certified by ANAC (National Authority for Civil Aviation) responsible for basic training of TMA (Technical Maintenance of aircraft).
In the speeches of the leaders of the TAP were sent their congratulations to the trainees and family members present at the ceremony and thanked the presence of Victor Rosa, representative of the ANAC, and trainers, since they are the major responsible in terms of "human mass". The training has a strong technical component, but during the whole process the trainees "grow much as people" and learn a lot about what is the culture of TAP.
The congratulations were extended even to the directors of the ME and the Center of Formation of TAP that about 30 years ago – that will accomplish in November - have been forming MAT’s. With regard to the courses, it was said that in the maintenance of aircrafts there is a worldwide shortage of technicians and TAP, through its policies and strategic planning that has developed over the years, has managed to overcome these difficulties.
The elements of the Executive Committee of the TAP MTO, Sandra Fanha - Manager of Professional Training of TAP - and Filipe Morais de Almeida - Director of Organization and Development of ME -, also spoke, as well as the ANAC, represented at the event by Victor Rosa, Head of the Department of Operational Safety of Control of Air Navigation. It was also heard the testimony of a trainer too, João Vizinha, from the area of Maintenance of Engines from ME.
Then, marched across the stage the trainees of the 20th and 21th classes of the course of MAT courses ab initio provided by TAP, which thus received their certificates.
With the Passenger always in mind
In his message, Mário Lobato de Faria made a point to emphasize the idea previously transmitted by the President of TAP, saying that "one of the fundamental aspects is to think in our passengers, it is for this reason that the TAP exists. We do not work for the airplane, for the engine or for the component, we in fact work for someone who relies on our services to fly safely, from point A to reach point B, with safety, comfort and on time.
Referring to colleagues who, already being employees of TAP ME through internal recruitment, competed for the functions of MAT, left a word of appreciation "for those who, in the second course, decided to go further, dared to go further and be more", adding that "this situation also has much to do with what is the spirit of TAP. The TAP over the years since its inception, has always dared to go further. TAP has this characteristic, has this culture of seeking to always be ahead in its time and at the level of the main players in our industry".
Pride was the feeling that marked the moment
At the end of the ceremony, Mário Lobato de Faria made a point to convey to the new MAT’s of the company "the immense pride that we feel for everyone and by this moment they reached", adding “that everyone in their day-to-day, with their commitment, expertise, knowledge and know-how, to give us reasons for continuing to be proud".
Work and mutual help: formula for success
Whats|UP talked about the experience of training with Guilherme Rodrigues, a student of the 20th class, made up of students recruited through a selection process using the external competition, and with Jorge Gil, from the 21st class, composed of elements that TAP selected through a process of internal recruitment.
Guilherme Rodrigues - 20th class
How was training?
It were long eight months of training. We have achieved the success with much mutual help between everyone. For me that I am the youngest, was a different experience, since it was not in the world of work, but directly from school to here. I liked it a lot, it was an experience that I wouldn't trade for anything at the moment. As you can see here there is a union of the whole group. There were many months complicated, with much study, but have been surpassed and we are here today as employees of TAP.
How is the work experience?
I feel very well doing one thing for which I studied. I like everything that is related to aircrafts. It is something that fascinates me, and essentially is this: when we do something that we like, that’s halfway to happiness, at least for part of it.
This training was something you wanted to do or was an opportunity that you came across?
It was an opportunity that arose in my life, even though to recognize that [TAP] is one of the best companies to work for, given the national panorama in which we find ourselves. I did it, I entered and I accomplished it. Now I am here!
Jorge Gil - 21st class
Why did you apply to this training program?
I was a year and a half ago in TAP, to carry out the tasks with the professional category of RPTAM [Repair Personnel and Treatment of Aeronautical Material], in the area of structures of aircraft maintenance. I started the project of 'sharklets'. With the opportunity of this training I went on to be a MAT [Maintenance Aircraft Technician] and I can now carry out the functions of MAT that as RPTAM couldn’t. My superiors challenged me to participate in the course and I took it. I worked in aviation for 12 years and now have functions of MAT, first in the Air Force and later at OGMA, but without certification, and wanted to perform the complete project.
How was training?
It went well. It was accessible. The experience was good. I was able to create ties with colleagues, learn about the trainers, and to learn a little bit more than I already knew. It was excellent. I am very pleased!
Fernando Pinto - TAP's CEO and TAP MTO's Accountable Manager
TAP's new technicians' graduation ceremony
Filipe Morais Almeida - Director of ME's Organization and Development and member of the Executive Commission of TAP MTO
Trainees from the 20th class
Trainees from the 21st class
Trainees from the 20th and the 21st class alongisde members of TAP MTO and Professional Training
João Vizinha - TAP MTO's Professional Trainer
TAP's new technicians alongside their relatives, present at the ceremony
Mário Lobato Faria - General Manager of ME
Several Professional Trainers were present at the ceremony
Sandra Fanha - Manager of Professional Training and member of the Executive Commission of TAP MTO
Victor Rosa - Representative of the National Civil Aviation Authority, present at the ceremony
20th class with the General Manager of ME and members of TAP's Professional Training
21st class with the General Manager of ME and members of TAP's Professional Training
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