18 February 2019

Air services training program sees first batch of graduates

The first batch of graduates of a certificate program in air services and operations will undergo fully paid interships for a year before seeking permanent positions in the aviation industry, reports.

Airport Authority chairman Jack So Chak-kwong said there is a great demand for talent in the aviation sector both in Hong Kong and mainland China. He hopes the training scheme will help inject new blood into the industry.

The certificate program is jointly run by the Hong Kong International Aviation Academy and the University of Hong Kong’s School of Professional and Continuing Education.

The program consists of four weeks of classroom learning and on-site training, as well as a year-long internship program.

Lai Kin-kwan, a director of the Hong Kong International Aviation Academy, said the program is supported by 15 relevant corporations.

Immediate jobs are waiting for the graduates, who will be posted in various fields of the aviation industry, including ramp services, the Sky Kitchen, and airport security.

Normally, interns are paid less for their work, but through the certificate program, they will receive the pay of a full-time employee. Monthly salaries range from HK$9,000 to HK$13,000.

Fung Shu-hang, 20, one of the graduates of the program, said he will work at the ramp as an intern, and this suits him well because “I have always loved to walk around rather than sit”.

He said the program allows students to get acquainted with different jobs, making them understand more about the industry first hand.

Lee Siu-suet, 19, had taken a Diploma in Hospitality Management, but has now set her sights on a career in airplane maintenance.

Although maintenance sounds like a man’s job as it requires more physical strength, Lee is not worried as she has always been a very active girl. She hopes that she can become a maintenance “master” in the future.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor praised the certificate program for blending both vocational training and employment experience to help students master both theory and on-the-job practice.

She said the future of the aviation industry is bright and she hopes more young people will enter the field.

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