State-owned Air India is hiring over 80 junior pilots for its wide-body Boeing B777 and B787 aircraft to meet the shortage of cockpit crew. The process to induct these first officers or co-pilots is in the final stage and they are expected to join Air India by next month, an airline source said.
Air India currently has about 170 co-pilots to steer its 15 B777 and 23 B787 planes as against a requirement of over 370, the source said. It is scheduled to take delivery of four more Boeing 787 as well as three B777 between July this year and March next year.
The airline operates these planes majorly on its long and ultra-long haul routes. “As many as 95 candidates were selected for the simulator test after they cleared the written examination. Of these, 85 could clear the simulator test and they are now in the process of joining Air India,” the source said.
These candidates are already type rated on narrow body Boeing 737 and conversion as pilots for the wide-body B737 can be done easily, he said. “Conversion from a narrow body Boeing pilot to a wide-body Boeing aircraft pilot is easier than from Airbus to Boeing or vice versa as the training period then gets reduced from eight sessions to about four sessions,” the source said.
This, in turn, reduces the type rating cost as well, he said. Of the 85 co-pilots who are expected to join the airline in May, 45 are likely to be deployed on B777s and the remaining 40 on B787s, he said.
Type rating is a regulating agencies’ certification given to a pilot to fly a certain aircraft type that requires additional training, which involves huge cost, beyond the scope of the initial license and aircraft class training.
According to the source, a B777 requires a set (each set has two pilots) of 13 pilots (26 pilots) and a set of eight pilots (16 pilots) is needed for operating a Boeing 787. There are nearly 90 co-pilots currently on B777 fleet and 80 first officers on B787s. “Going by the standard requirement, the airline needs at least 195 co-pilots for 15 B777s and 184 for 23 B787s. Moreover, seven more such planes are going to be added in the fleet in the next one year. So even after inducting 85 more pilots, the shortage will remain,” the source added.
Auto components maker Bosch said it will hire 3,000 people for its engineering operations across the country and soon start work on the second phase expansion of its technology development centre in Bengaluru, its biggest engineering facility outside parent country Germany
Most of the new recruits will be fresh graduates from engineering colleges in the fields of software, IT, analytics and other technologies, Soumitra Bhattacharya, managing director of Bosch, stated
Bhattacharya, who took over from former India head Steffen Berns last year, said the second phase development will start in the “near future. “The company started the first phase expansion in September, at an investment of about $50 million. That has the capacity to accommodate about 3,000 engineers. The facility will house the majority of the local development -including R&D centres of Bosch, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions, and Bosch Home Appliances.
Bosch works in a number of technology areas including connected cars, IoT (internet of things), artificial intelligence and more for its businesses that include mobility solutions, industrial technology, consumer goods, and energy and building technology.
The main challenge that also lies ahead of academic institutions is preparing students for future jobs that don't yet exist, said Dr. Ahmad bin Abdullah Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education on the sidelines of the 29th edition of the Gulf Education and Training Exhibition (GETEX).
"We witnessed this year a larger number of students who were sent abroad with scholarships for higher education, which increases connection to workplace and the employability for expats and Emiratis," said Belhoul. "The challenge now is finding stronger link between the outcomes of higher education and the workforce," he said.
To address this gap, Modul University Dubai has announced a one-month paid internship for students enrolling for any of its undergraduate and Master's programmes. The university will send students for internships with its corporate partners including banks, insurance companies and industrial manufacturers to prepare them for the workplace.
"Instead of granting them gifts or scholarships for joining, we are investing in their future and we have seen a strong demand doing so," said Zaid Maleh, the university's managing director. He added that the internship will not only enhance students' employability, but also offer operational insights at Dubai's institutions. Over 140 students are currently pursuing various courses at the university - the only institution specialised in the tourism and hospitality sector.
Maleh added that the university is also introducing new sustainability in management and development programmes, besides ones in renewable energy and sustainable tourism to prepare students for future jobs. New bachelor fields in entrepreneurship and digital marketing are also seeing a strong demand.
Abu Dhabi University, which is opening a new branch in Dubai Knowledge Park with 14 new postgraduate programmes in business, engineering and international relations among other fields, is also focusing on equipping students for recruitment in an ever-changing workplace.
Among the new programmes that will be offered in its Dubai branch starting Spetember is the Master of Strategic Leadership, Engineering Management, and Master of Science in Sustainable Architecture, and Master of Information Technology. Charles Diab, director, university advancement, said programmes equipped with technological advancements increased graduates' placement rates in workplace or post grad schools by 90 per cent.
He noted that these academic programmes are designed to cater to skills needed in the workplace. The university, which currently has about 7,000 students from 70 nationalities studying in its Abu Dhabi and Al Ain campuses, also offered a digital marketing programme in addition to teaching students to implement technology in business and robotics and mobile apps in engineering. "Technology, innovation, entrepreneurship are the buzz words of the future. We have to equip our students on free and independent thinking," said Diab.
Anselm Godinho, the managing director of International Conferences and Exhibitions, GETEX's organiser, said one of the main aims of the event is to introduce segments that involve students with activity-based education outside classrooms. "We want to help students get more involved in the type of education that would get them jobs," said Godinho.
He added that as the job market becomes competitive, more opportunities open in postgraduate education to help graduates climb the ladder.
While the UAE has witnessed an increase of future-specific nuclear and space programme - about 20 new programmes - have been introduced during GETEX - Godinho said there must be a link between the industry and universities.
"Industries will have to make sure their employees are feeding into the market growth, and this won't happen if both sides didn't work together," he said.
"While that link isn't happening now due to the disconnection between public and private, it will happen overtime. It is inevitable," he said.
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