The Cathay Pacific Group and Vocational Training Council (VTC) of Hong Kong have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to jointly nurture a new generation of talent for the aviation industry.
This is in anticipation of the growth in the industry upon the completion of the Three-Runway System in Hong Kong, which will significantly increase the airport’s handling capacity.
Participating companies include Cathay Pacific, HK Express, Air Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific Services, Cathay Pacific Catering Services (H.K.), Hong Kong Airport Services, and Vogue Laundry Service.
While VTC offers a broad range of courses covering aircraft engineering, aviation and logistics, aviation services and inflight and passenger services, the collaboration with Cathay would further enhance its training facilities and career support for students.
The partnership will also equip students with practical industry knowledge that would better prepare them for their future career. Student internships and project-based learning opportunities including in-flight menu planning and design, as well as the CSR projects by Cathay, would also benefit students from other VTC’s member institutions, namely the Chinese Culinary Institute and the International Culinary Institute.
Ronald Lam, CEO of Cathay Pacific Group, said: “As Hong Kong’s home airline, we are committed to continuing to invest in young local talent and the long-term development of the Hong Kong aviation hub. The collaboration with VTC provides a sound foundation for the talent supply chain in the aviation industry. We look forward to welcoming students with a passion for joining the aviation industry and becoming part of the Cathay Pacific Group upon graduation.”
Cathay will also provide a series of life-planning activities, including mock-up interviews and career talks, to introduce the career prospects in the aviation industry to VTC students, where graduates have the opportunity to be nominated for full-time job interviews to join the industry.
In addition, Cathay will further explore the integration of innovative technologies into the programme, including applying Virtual Reality (VR) technology for service training and safety training for cabin crew.