Words By Janie Barton
Photo By Silvia Mogorovich
Chris Pigott, Business Manager for Cairns Aviation Skills Centre (CASC) Aviation Australia, hasn’t forgotten how he started in the industry more than 30 years ago. In fact, his early beginnings have inspired him to help hundreds of young people enter the industry.
“I applied for an aircraft engineer apprenticeship when I was younger,” said Chris who has been with CASC for more than 10 years after holding senior positions in the aviation industry as Director of Engineering for three major Regional Airlines.
“I know what it’s like to start at the bottom. All of us at CASC have a very full understanding of apprentices and we try and pass on as much knowledge as we can to help them and produce the best apprentices we possibly can.”
CASC is a purpose-built aviation training centre of excellence offering internationally-recognised aircraft maintenance qualifications
“We normally put through 50 Cairns apprentices a year and also look after over 35 Northern Territory apprentices who come to Cairns for block release training,” Chris said. “We’ve trained people from over 20 countries here in Cairns, and we also have two Cert 2 high school programs that have about 25 students in each.”
With Chris’ help the opportunities for apprentices continue to grow at CASC.
“We are currently taking enrolments for Certificate IV in Avionics which commences in early July,” Chris said.
“I believe the total number of students now trained and employed within the industry is something we should all be proud of. I believe future plans will only see the facility grow to something Cairns and Queensland can be even more proud of.”
Cairns Aviation Skills Centre
1 Tom McDonald Drive, Cairns Airport
Ph: 4034 8101 | www.aviationaustralia.aero