• Chidozie Uzoezie

South African Airways Hosts Youth Careers Summit

South African Airways (SAA) is showing its support for the South African youths during the Youth Month by hosting a Youth Careers Summit.

The Summit will see over 800 participants from six high schools and five TVET college campuses converge to form part of the discussions on the country’s skills requirements and opportunities.

The Summit with the theme, Limitless Opportunities on the Ground and in the Sky, will showcase the wide variety of career options at SAA in disciplines such as engineering, flight operations, logistics, catering, aircraft maintenance, aviation medicine, and aviation law.

The aim of the event, which runs over four days, is to give young people an insider’s view of how an airline operates and to make them aware of the many career options available generally in aviation and specifically in the airline business.

To demonstrate this, SAA in collaboration with its stakeholders and aviation partners such as Denel, Ekurhuleni Municipality, SA Civil Aviation Authority, SA Police Service, and the Tertiary Education Training Authority (TETA) will have on display various exhibitions during the career summit.

Aviation is a multi-sector industry with various specialised disciplines and provides career opportunities for young people in many different fields. SAA has a proud young workforce, with 20% of its employees aged between 32 and 37, while almost 44% is younger than 40.

SAA will consider reinstating some of the training initiatives for youth once the financial position of the company has been stabilized, the airline said.

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