Manta Air, UNICEF Maldives launch joint apprenticeship programme

Manta Air and UNICEF Maldives on Monday inaugurated a joint apprenticeship programme to provide exposure for young Maldivians interested in working in the aviation industry.

The first batch of the company-wide Manta Air Apprentice Programme will see six participants, including three women and three men, working as apprentices at Manta Air for the next three months.

At a ceremony held Monday afternoon, the six apprentices were given offer certificates along with uniforms.

The UNICEF and Manta Air apprenticeship programme is a unique opportunity for young people who have a passion for the airline industry to gain first-hand experience and exposure to key areas such as flight and ground operations, aircraft engineering, safety and compliance, commercial and marketing. The young women and men will get the opportunity to be closely supervised by Manta Air staff.

The programme has been designed with close monitoring and mentoring support from both Manta Air and UNICEF. It has been structured to develop and inspire young people to pursue a career in the aviation industry, through a unique and creative learning experience.

“I am pleased to welcome the six new Mantas who will be joining Team Manta for the next three months as apprentices, working together with our team and learning what the aviation industry has set for everyone. We take pride in contributing to the local community and we are privileged and happy to be working with UNICEF to develop young people,” Edward Alsford, COO of Manta Air, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

“I am also delighted to have this milestone when we are celebrating the ICAO Day ICA75 and I extend our sincere gratitude’s and greetings to everyone working in the aviation industry here the Maldives.”

UNICEF Representative to the Maldives Dr Munir Safieldin also highlighted the importance of the apprenticeship programme.

“The partnership of UNICEF and Manta Air we are launching today is about developing the skills of adolescent girls and boys for future employment. Today, the first batch of three adolescent girls and three adolescent boys is starting their three months apprenticeship. The six young trainees have just completed their high school and are ready to start a new phase of their life,” Safieldin said.

“This apprenticeship is designed to expose adolescent Maldivian girls and boys to the civil aviation industry and prepare them for possible professional employment in this new grown sector in the Maldives.”

The programme is part of a partnership between Manta Air and UNICEF Maldives which is aimed at providing early exposure for young people interested in working in the aviation industry and for them to acquire basic knowledge and skills.

The partnership between Manta Air and UNICEF also covers additional areas such as support for advocacy on children and young people’s rights and issues via Manta Air’s in-flight magazine, RAYS.

Both organisations will also join hands in celebrating key events for children and youth, including the World Children’s Day and World Youth Day, to create awareness and engage the public on children’s rights and issues related to the wellbeing of children and young people.

The arrival of Manta Air has been a game changer in the domestic aviation industry, removing the fears of flight uncertainty for passengers flying in the Maldives, and setting new standards in service excellence along the way with pre-published schedules and a tailored approach to provide an amazing experience to all passengers.

The airline currently utilises three brand new ATR 72-600 aircraft to operate domestic flights to Dhaalu Airport, located on the island of Kudahuvadhoo in Dhaalu atoll, Dharavandhoo Airport, located on the island of Dharavandhoo in Baa atoll, and Kooddoo Airport, located on the island of Kooddoo in Gaafu Alif atoll, from the main Velana International Airport.

Manta Air had also launched the first scheduled seaplane service in the Maldives, bringing another revolutionary experience to the skies of Maldives.

The airline had brought in six DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft, with another four set to join its seaplane by year-end.

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