KQ in Training and Job Placement Deal with TU-K
Kenya Airways (KQ) and Technical University of Kenya (TU-K) have signed a memorandum of understanding that would see both institutions work together in creating opportunities for students taking Bachelor of Engineering in Aeronautical Engineering and those pursuing Piloting and Aircraft Maintenance access industrial attachments and employments.
The KQ Human Resource Manager Ms. Latiffa Cherono who was accompanied by four other top managers said the two institutions are working on formalities on how best the students can benefit from the opportunities.
She was speaking at the university during a Career Guidance and Motivation forum that brought together university staff, students, KQ and Capital Connect Aviation (pilot training organisation) managers.
Ms. Cherono said TU-K students seeking industrial attachments at KQ will increase by more than half of the number currently attached at the airways beginning next year.
Some of the airline’s sections where students are attached and even employed include cabin crew management, piloting, aviation, business management, aerospace engineering, passenger and cargo management, radio communications and broadcasting sections.
“The lucky young men and women who shall have qualified to join KQ will also benefit through scholarship programmes and access job opportunities with us,” she noted adding that TU-K students who have previously been attached with them are dedicated, hands-on and hardworking which has contributed greatly to the growth of the company.
Capital Connect, an aviation training institution in both small and commercial aircrafts at the same time indicated that they were in talks with TU-K to offer wider internship and employment opportunities to continuing students and graduates.
“We are based at Wilson Airport offering both coursework and practical training as well as online training support,” said Lucy Karanja, Capital Connect CEO.
The KQ HR Manager added that TU-K is known to produce best engineers locally and internationally where KQ seconds them to other bigger airlines.
She asked the students intending to pursue the opportunities to networking, frequently check KQ website for internship and job opportunity openings, do research.
“We remain the second biggest employers and contributors in Kenyan economy and the biggest in East and Central Africa in terms of services and turnover. We will therefore continue to offer both the trainings and job opportunities to those students who qualify from this university,” said Cherono.
The other KQ managers who accompanied her were; Research and Talent Delivery Manager Mr Willis Anyango, Engineering and Training Manager Mr Levi Wasike, Engineering and Development Manager Mr Francs Gitia and Senior HR Officer Ms Laura Waweru.