Airservices expands training opportunities for rural youth

Airservices is expanding opportunities to help rural youth gain access to employment within the aviation industry in a partnership with the Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEFA).
Young people will now be able to access additional dedicated places in Airservices technical traineeship and air traffic control training programs in 2011.

Airservices General Manager People and Change, Caroline Fleming, said that the partnership with CEFA would help Airservices connect with talented young people in rural and regional areas wishing to pursue an aviation career.

This link further strengthens the commitment to providing training and employment opportunities for regional Australians which Airservices has been developing in recent years, Ms Fleming said.

Were very proud of our ongoing involvement in regional education. There are two elements to the partnership with CEFA.

The first is the Airservices technical trainee program at the Riverina Institute of TAFE in Wagga Wagga, which enters its third year in 2011.

Already around 30 per cent of our trainees hail from regional areas. The calibre of students has been extremely high and we look forward to them completing their training and joining our workforce across the country maintaining the national airways system, Ms Fleming said.

Regional youth also have an opportunity to train as air traffic controllers at the Airservices Learning Academy in Melbourne. They then complete field training at either one of two major centres in Brisbane or Melbourne, or at air traffic control units or towers located throughout the country.

Ms Fleming said that Airservices would recruit 18 technical trainees, close to 100 air traffic controllers and more than 70 aviation fire fighters over the next 12 months.
 
Aviation fire fighters are also drawn from regional areas, with Airservices maintaining fire stations at 21of the nations busiest capital city and regional gateway airports.

Airservices recruits for its fire service to fill vacancies locally where possible, with recruitment rounds conducted in locations including Hobart and Darwin in the past 12 months.
 
Positions for Airservices technical trainee program will open this week. For further information on careers at Airservices, visit www.airservicesaustralia.com/careers/
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