Mango to host aviation career day

2012-10-23 09:06
Johannesburg - Low cost airline Mango will this week host an aviation career day at Lanseria International Airport. The event, which will showcase several exhibitors, aims to create awareness about possible careers in aviation that includes pilots, cabin crew, engineers and other opportunities. The decision to promote aviation as a possible career comes as sector role players warn of a possible future skills shortage. The Mango career day takes place 25 and 26 October at Lanseria International Airport. Attendance is free.

Among the exhibitors counts the National Aerospace Centre (NAC), an initiative of the Department of Trade & Industry, which is hosted and managed by the University of the Witwatersrand. The NAC will be making a flight-simulator available to allow visitors first-hand experience as a flight commander. The NAC Bursaries & Scholarship Programme awards bursaries and undertakes awareness activities that enlighten scholars, graduates and professionals about relevant aerospace fields and associated opportunities in the industry. 

"We have endeavoured to gather as many role players as possible to showcase opportunities in the industry," says Mango CEO Nico Bezuidenhout. "Aviation, as a general career choice, has never enjoyed the prominence of other professions. We intend to change that." The career day also serves as a launch pad for similar initiatives that the airline is planning for next year. "Enthusiasm and encouragement and creating an interest among generation-next is paramount to securing skills development and an able pool of professionals for the future growth of aviation in South Africa."

Bezuidenhout believes that a career in aviation, particularly as African aviation is ascending, could position South Africa as a leader in sector skills development. "The domestic industry has led continental aviation for decades and, as more and more airlines - particularly low cost carriers - develop across the region opportunities for highly trained individuals will become available." He says that while the local industry may be under pressure at this time, opportunities still abound. "Cabin crew or flight deck careers are only two of a myriad of opportunities available; from ramp agents through to avionic engineering, IT and even chefs. There is great potential for a rewarding vocation."

The Mango Career Day takes place on 25 and 26 October between 10am and 4pm at Lanseria International Airport. Interested parties may seek more information on Mango's Facebook page or email 
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