Etihad’s largest-ever group or Emirati graduates
celebrated with their families and friends at a special ceremony
at the Al Raha Beach Hotel in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
More than 450 people gathered to congratulate
the group of 63 UAE National graduates - cadet pilots, graduate
managers and engineering graduates - as the airline’s Chief
Executive Officer, James Hogan, presented each graduate with a
certificate marking their achievement.
As well as the 38 cadet pilots, 19 graduate
managers and six engineer graduates from the UAE, an additional 26
graduating cadet pilots of other nationalities were recognised
during the ceremony.
“It is a proud day for all of us at Etihad to see
so many of our Emirati trainees graduate,” said James Hogan, Chief
Executive Officer of Etihad Airways. “It is vital for our airline
to invest in training ‘home grown’ Emirati talent, ensuring they
are ready and fully equipped to move into our staff ranks. I wish
them all the very best of luck in their careers with Etihad
Airways and look forward to witnessing the great accomplishments
they will achieve for our airline ... As the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, we
are committed to having talented Emiratis, both men and women,
working in all fields - not only in the UAE, but in our
outstations across the Etihad network.”
pilots, who have completed an 18 month training course, have now
joined the airline as Second Officers.
engineering graduates - each of whom has been awarded a Diploma of
Aircraft Maintenance Engineering - commenced their training in
December 2007 in the UAE and continued on to Brisbane, Australia,
where they completed theory training at Aviation Australia.
Mr Hogan said, “This is a momentous occasion for
Etihad, as today we congratulate our first female Emirati engineer
graduate on the completion of her training program with Etihad
Two groups of graduate managers, who have
completed an 18 month training program, are in the process of
being are being placed in various departments across Etihad’s
network including positions at outstations in Casablanca, Munich,
Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur and Doha.
Airways Emiratisation Program offers a wide range of training
opportunities for UAE nationals, including an English language training program in addition to the programs for cadet pilots,
technical engineering and graduate managers.
will launch a UAE National Career Centre this year to recruit
additional Emirati candidates. The centre will offer career
counselling and oversee various recruitment campaigns in
universities, colleges and career fairs across the UAE.
Etihad’s Emiratisation program has 150 UAE national
trainees deployed across the airline, including 112 Cadet Pilots,
16 Graduate Managers and 22 Technical Engineers.
The total percentage of UAE nationals working for Etihad Airways
is currently 12%, and the airline is on track to reach its
target for 2010 of 15%.
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