Ministry of Education, Guyana

Wednesday, 18 December 2019 15:31

Women among Aeronautical Engineering graduates

−21 graduate from Art Williams and Harry Wendt Aeronautical Engineering School

−9 secure early licensing

Shelly Rampersaud and Tatyana Hartley claimed their places among young men that dominate the 2019 graduating class of the Art Williams and Harry Wendt Aeronautical Engineering School (AWHWAES).

One of nine to receive their aircraft engineering license at Tuesday’s ceremony, Rampersaud said the academic accolade is a dream come true. “I choose [aeronautical engineering] because it is diverse and regulated and it has many different career paths you can take,” Rampersaud told the DPI.

The promising aeronautical engineer also plans to reach new heights by furthering her studies in aviation management which will that she says will provide the basis to learn the business-related component of the sector.

Hartley shared that her love for aviation began during early childhood. Hartley credited the engineering programme as one that will open new opportunities.

“The future for me looks very bright because of the qualifications that I have gained,” Hartley commented.

On the sidelines of the graduation at the National Cultural Centre, Joel Richard shared his excitement about the momentous occasion.

“Aviation in Guyana is growing. So, there is a lot of development taking place… I am young so I will take my time venturing [into the aviation sector].”

Richard further credited the training programme for the holistic growth it has provided. “I have been through a lot of self-development… I am more disciplined and walk a different line because of aviation,” Richard remarked.

During his feature address, GCAA’s Director General Col. (ret’d) Egbert Field, A.A. reiterated the regulatory body’s commitment to providing a launching pad for youths.

“The GCAA is at the moment drafting regulations that are almost complete, which will ensure the engineers produced at the Art Williams and Harry Wendt Aeronautical Engineering School are given the opportunity to work in the oil industry or supporting industries.”

According to DG Field, the regulations will be pursued to ensure youths reach their maximum potential within the aviation sector. He charged the graduands to become pioneers whilst upholding standards of integrity

Attending the graduation was also Minister within the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Hon. Jaipaul Sharma, who noted the international accreditation status the engineering school holds.

“Your qualifications that you received here today I think can withstand any scrutiny with any other country in the world. You made a really good investment in your future,” Minister Sharma confirmed.

Recently, GCAA announced the signing of air services agreements with 18 countries. The aviation sector has notably seen a boom with the influx of helicopters to service the expanding oil and gas sector.


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