12 Apr 2014
(HONG KONG) Dragonair today began an aviation career workshop – attended by more than 200 young people - as part of the Dragonair Youth Aviation Academy programme, a key corporate social responsibility initiative of the airline.
This two-day workshop has been specifically designed to educate youngsters who have shown an interest in an aviation-related career, giving them exposure to a broad cross-section of aviation careers available in Hong Kong, guiding them in their career search and helping to improve their personal skills. The workshop is a key element in the airline’s commitment to youth education, providing a valuable opportunity to pass on industry knowledge to the next generation.
On hand at the workshop were an array of aviation professionals including pilots, air traffic control experts and aviation engineers, all of whom volunteered their time to help the students in their career planning. The workshop itself covered a wide range of areas including the requirements and duties of different jobs, interview skills and information on the working life in various positions. The aim is to give participants a better understanding of the aviation industry and help them identify their own area of interest.
Many students found the workshop both interesting and useful as they gained insights into the work and lifestyle of different aviation careers.
Participant Shan from University of Hong Kong said: “I decided to become a pilot five years ago and I have been devoted in self improvement including gaining flying experience and taking various aviation courses since then. What is special about this workshop is that we were provided with a precious opportunity to interact directly with veteran pilots."
John Ng who is interested to join the air traffic control sector said: “I joined this workshop to broaden my exposure to various career opportunities within the industry, especially air traffic control. There is no similar workshop in the market. I am glad to be one of the participants here today.”
Dragonair Captain Marcus De Santis, the coordinator of the 2-day workshop, said: “By getting an in-depth understanding of aviation careers, including the job requirements and career progression in different positions, the students get a clearer idea of what is expected of them right from the start and it will certainly help in developing their long-term career goals. The aviation industry has given me a great deal and I am now more than happy to give back to the community. It was very rewarding to receive sincere and honest thanks from those who participated in the workshop.”
The Dragonair Youth Aviation Academy was established in 2011 with the objective of inspiring Hong Kong’s young people to learn about the exciting world of aviation and to consider pursuing a career in the industry. The youth education programmes are supported by industry partners and stakeholders. The Dragonair Aviation Certificate Programme, a mentorship scheme co-organised by the Hong Kong Air Cadet Corps, also comes under the umbrella of the Aviation Academy.
Dragonair, an affiliate member of oneworld, is a Hong Kong-based airline operating a fleet of 41 passenger aircraft and serving 47 regional destinations, including 22 cities in Mainland China. Dragonair has been recognised for its product and service quality, and has been named “Best Regional Airline” at the TTG Travel Awards for four consecutive years since 2010, and voted "World's Best Regional Airline" in the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards™ in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Dragonair is part of the Cathay Pacific Group, providing seamless connectivity for passengers to more than 180 cities around the globe.