Boeing and Air India Engineering Services Limited have inaugurated 'Air India-Boeing Accelerated Apprenticeship Program', a state-of-the-art 'smart' classroom equipped with advanced training aids.

These specially designed aids are being used for the first time in India, along with a customised-for-India curriculum created by Boeing experts, to raise the skills of aircraft maintenance engineers (AMEs) in India.

The students will be instructed by highly qualified Air India instructors trained by Boeing in the United States. The AMEs will also get 'hands-on' exposure on an actual Boeing aircraft that will help them hone their maintenance skills and also increase their employability, empowering them with the tools necessary for a successful career in India's rapidly growing aerospace ecosystem.

The program has so far received a huge response with over 1,300 applications for the entrance examination, which was held online across 10 cities in India.

Classes for the first batch of the program will begin in August 2018. The one-year program provides an accelerated career path for AMEs by improving the employability of AME college graduates.