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Learn more about careers in aviation

More than 500 learners from the Upington area grabbed the opportunity on Friday (11/10) to find out about a host of career paths in the aviation and related sectors.

The learners experienced a full programme of demonstrations and presentations that set out the numerous career opportunities in aviation.

The occasion was the Transport and Education Training Authority (Teta) Reach for The Sky Career Expo held at the Upington International Airport in the Northern Cape.

The expo was part of a series of aviation career exhibitions for learners and young people hosted by Teta in partnership with the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) in four provinces.

The career expo in Upington was attended by over 500 learners. By exposing the youth in the Northern Cape to opportunities in the technical aviation fields, the Acsa and Teta aim to promote transformation and job creation in technical aviation fields.

Speaking at the show, Upington International Airport Manager Nongo Dibete said “it was an incredibly exciting day for all of us who work at this airport.”

“As a company we don’t just manage world-class airports, but we also seek to inspire, educate and provide opportunities in the aviation industry for previously disadvantaged youth.

Long-term partnerships and collaboration are important for tackling the high unemployment rate in the regional communities in which we operate,” said Dibete.

The learners from schools in and around Upington were given the opportunity to find out about a wide variety of careers in aviation.

The skills used in the aviation industry include those in the technical, air traffic navigation, engineering and medical fields, as well as communica­tion, retail, security and customer services.

Skills in management and finance are also readily utilised in the aviation sector.

The learners together with their teachers enjoyed a live show featuring interactive displays of an engineering aircraft and pilot simulated flying.

In smaller groups, the learners heard from young aviators of their experiences in the journey of establishing careers in the aviation industry.

Through this initiative, the skills shortage among youth in the country, especially in the aviation industry, are being addressed.

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