Morocco: The USA finances the extension of ISMALA, a training school for aviation professions

Par ediallo - 10 March, 2021 - 21:59

Morocco wants to consolidate its position as an African hub for the aeronautical training sector. With the support of its partners, the country is continuing to invest in developing this strategic segment, a breeding ground for human resources for its aeronautical industry.

On Thursday, March 4, the country began work on the extension of the Institute specializing in aeronautics and airport logistics (ISMALA) in Nouaceur-Casablanca.

This extension project will provide an additional annual capacity of 1,200 places in 9 courses, including airport logistics, surface treatment, heat treatment, machining on numerically controlled machines, aircraft maintenance mechanics, aerostructure and welding aeronautics.

The work valued at 79.7 million dirhams (EUR 7.5 million) is financed to the tune of 59.5 million dirhams by the "Charaka" fund, which is intended to contribute to the promotion of the integration of young people into the workforce, improving the competitiveness of companies and the adoption of modes of governance agreed with professionals.

This fund was set up by the "Compact II" cooperation program, with a budget of 450 million dollars, financed by the United States government and represented by the Millennium Challenge Account (MCC).

The rest of the investment (20.2 million dirhams) was mobilized by the Office of Vocational Training and Promotion of Work (OFPPT), the project leader.

The OFPPT works in this regard in partnership with the Group of Moroccan aerospace industries (GIMAS), the Ministry of Industry, Trade, Green and Digital Economy and the National Office of Airports (ONDA).

As a reminder, ISMALA was inaugurated by King Mohammed VI on September 11, 2013. It is positioned as a unique center designed to support national and international companies in the aeronautics sector.

Thanks to the partnership concluded between the OFPPT and the American manufacturer HAAS Automation, ISMALA now enjoys the HTEC (Haas Technical Education Center) certification, and becomes a reference center for training on numerically controlled machine tools for the aeronautics sector.

Romuald Ngueyap