Kingfisher to open 24 cabin crew training centres

April 8th, 2008 - 8:10 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) Kingfisher Airlines will open 24 training centres by 2010 to groom cabin crew, a top official of the airlines has said. “In next two years, aviation and hospitality industry will displace Information and Technology (IT) sector from the position of top job creator,” Kunal Vasudeva, project head of Kingfisher Training Academy, told IANS Tuesday.

“However, the booming industry is witnessing a paucity of quality crew members, as most airhostess training institutes don’t have an understanding of the market. In order to overcome the hurdle, we had to jump into the field of training cabin crew,” he said.

Besides the one year old institute the airlines has in Mumbai, Kingfisher plans to come up with three academies in Delhi, and one each in Hyderabad, Pune, Kolkata, Nagpur, Jaipur and Indore by May 15.

Commenting on opening the maximum number of institutes in the capital, he said: “Delhi’s International airport is the second busiest airport in South Asia and the second busiest in the country too. By 2010 it is expected to become the busiest airport in India.”

“So the requirement for crew and allied support ground staff will soar in the years to come. Also, with the Commonwealth Games to be hosted by the capital, the requirement for trained and well oriented manpower will go up,” he added.

By 2009, the number of centres would escalate to 17 and touch 25 by 2010. The initial investment for each institute would be not less than Rs.20 million ($499,813).

Vasudeva added: “Our next endeavour would be to invite a contingent from Cambridge University to audit our system and provide us the accreditation.”

The academy offers two types of courses - a six-month training program in aviation and hospitality and a 12-month programme in hospitality in hotel industry and aviation and hospitality training.

The courses cost Rs.100,000 and Rs.125,000 respectively.

“Each batch will have 30 students and one centre could run 40 batches in a day. Each batch would have at least five trainers,” explained Michael Tan, general manager training of Kingfisher Training Academy.

The institute also provides corporate training programs.

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