Doha, QATAR – Qatar Airways has created a dedicated new National Scholarship Programme targeted at talented Qatari high school graduates.
The long-term initiative is aimed at supporting their education to develop the right set of skills required by the airline and to qualify them for senior commercial and leadership positions at Qatar Airways.
The new scholarship for Qatari nationals has a strong focus on business-centred degrees in majors such as Business Administration and Management, Marketing and Communications, Computer Science, Human Resources, Finance and Accounting, Logistics and Law.
It complements an existing scheme the airline runs in collaboration with Qatar’s Aeronautical College, which prepares Qatari students to take on various roles within the aviation industry covering areas such as engineering, passenger services, airport operations, cargo and pilots.
The Aeronautical College course has been highly successful and today the airline employs a number of Qataris, including a high percentage of national pilots and managerial level engineers.
Each year, Qatar Airways takes on 50 Qatari pilots, who are trained at the Qatar Aeronautical College, and abroad. Qatari nationals are the second highest nationality group within Qatar Airways’ pilot community. The total number of pilots within Qatar Airways currently stands at over 1,500.
Building on this success, the newly-introduced scholarship programme is yet another step taken by Qatar Airways to provide Qataris with support for educational success and enhanced career prospects within the national airline.
It is also a strategic business initiative in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030, which highlights the importance of investing in the country’s human development in order for Qatar to become an advanced, knowledge-based and diversified economy. With this national vision in mind, the airline plans to grant up to 50 Qatari students with scholarships this year and increasing the numbers each year thereafter.
Commenting on the latest initiative, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said: “Recruiting Qatari talent is a priority at Qatar Airways. Employing and developing local talent is part of our corporate culture and we are committed to invest in young Qataris with potential as they will be key for Qatar Airways’ long-term success.
“Qataris should feel proud of their national airline which has come a long way in the short, few years of operations. Qatar Airways has taken centre stage in the world of aviation, earning admiration from its international peers with its high standards of service and hospitality.
Added Al Baker: “This is something that I am proud of, our employees are proud of, and of course the people of Qatar should be proud of.”
“Having expanded at a significant pace over the past 14 years and, with the opening of the New Doha International Airport on the horizon, ambitious Qataris are presented with a vast choice of fantastic job opportunities across the country’s aviation industry.
“With the introduction of our national scholarship programme specifically designed for Qataris, we hope to spark interest and enthusiasm among talented nationals to work for Qatar Airways and to grow the number of employed local staff across all areas of our business.”
The Qatar Airways National Scholarship Programme will mark its official debut on June 12 at the Oryx Rotana Hotel in Doha, where Dr. Kholode Al-Obaidli, recently appointed to head up the scheme, will brief students, parents and scholars on its objectives, admission requirements, selection process and the scholarship benefits.
The event is open to Qatari grade 12 students, their parents, as well as Deans, Principals and Career Counsellors of local schools and universities.
Still in its early stages, the initiative is already receiving a great response. “Since we started advertising the new programme in local media, applications are coming in on a daily basis,” said Dr. Al-Obaidli, Senior Manager Qatar Airways National Scholarship Programme
“It proves that Qatar Airways is among the country’s most sought-after employers, offering scholarship recipients the opportunity to work after completion of their studies in a highly dynamic and international environment.”
One of the first applicants to enrol in the scholarship programme was Khalid Al Buenain, who is studying Marketing at the University of Anglia Ruskin in the English city of Cambridge. He is currently on a three-month internship at Qatar Airways’ head office in Doha.
Al Buenain, aged 19, said: “I was thrilled to learn about the new scholarship programme established by Qatar Airways as it is a great opportunity for every Qatari passionate about aviation. My internship assures me that a career at Qatar Airways will give me a chance to grow, despite that being a challenging environment to work in.
“It is very hands-on, demanding and multi-tasking, but very rewarding. The knowledge and skills I am gaining every day are plentiful, both professionally and personally.”
Fuelled by its rapid expansion, Qatar Airways is forging ahead with an aggressive recruitment drive and plans to take on an additional 3,500 staff annually over a three-year period across the group. With 19,000 employees currently working with the Qatar Airways Group of companies, the increase represents a 50 per cent addition to the head count by 2014.
As a truly global airline covering six continents, Qatar Airways employs over 100 nationalities around the world. By 2013, Qatar Airways plans to serve more than 120 key business and leisure destinations worldwide with a modern fleet of over 120 aircraft. Today, the airline’s fleet stands at 98 aircraft flying to over 100 destinations worldwide.
More information on Qatar Airways National Scholarship Programme can be found at www.qrscholarship.com.
Qatar Airways has been voted third best airline in the world following the annual 2010 Skytrax survey of 18 million international passengers. In the survey, the airline was also voted as having the Best Business Class Service and Catering in the World, as well as being honoured as the Best Airline in The Middle East for the fifth consecutive year.
Qatar Airways has orders for over 200 aircraft worth more than $40 billion. The airline is one of the customers of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five on order and scheduled for delivery from 2012, by which time the New Doha International Airport would have opened. For more information, visit www.qatarairways.com
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