CALL ON YOUNG PEOPLE TO TURN TO AVIATION: 78 PERCENT OF OUR GRADUATES HAVE TAKEN THEIR PLACE IN THE INDUSTRY
The number of employees in Turkey is increasing exponentially with each passing year, in line with the fact that civil aviation turnover reached 110 TL billion last year. By the end of 2018, 65 thousand people are working in the sector, and sector representatives advise young people to turn to aviation because they can find jobs easily and make themselves citizens of the world. Principal of Nişantaşı University Vocational School which trains qualified personnel to the aviation sector Tuncel Oz, “the field of employment in this sector is very wide, and the pay scale is a little higher in the aviation sector relative to other sectors" he said.
While 65 thousand people were employed in the civil aviation sector in Turkey in 2003, this number exceeded 200 thousand by the end of 2018. The turnover in the civil aviation sector, which was 3 billion TL in 2003, reached 110 billion TL. The number of aircraft in the fleet and the number of employees of Pegasus Airlines and Onur airlines, especially Turkish Airlines, is increasing. While the opening of Istanbul airport contributed significantly to the employment in the aviation sector, the companies in the aviation sector also accelerated the recruitment of personnel they needed.
OPENING OF ISTANBUL AIRPORT WILL BOOST EMPLOYMENT
Istanbul airport will employ 100 thousand people at the beginning and 225 thousand people when all stages are completed. Turkish Airlines recently announced the recruitment of 700 female cabin officers, while names from the aviation sector urged young people to “enter the sector.” According to US aircraft manufacturer Boeing's 2015 Pilot and Technician Forecast report, 558 thousand new commercial airline pilots and 609 thousand new commercial airline maintenance technicians will be needed worldwide between 2015-2034. The Aviation Club of Nişantaşı University, which trains personnel to the aviation sector, also organized the 11th Aviation Summit this year.
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES DISCUSSED AT SUMMIT
At the summit, names from the aviation sector shared their experiences with the students of the aviation department. Turkish Civil Aviation Academy (TSHA) officer Erdal Yeşilbaş, ULS Airlines cargo flight operations director Ersan Özütürk, ULS movement officer Hüseyin Uzun and Turkish Airlines Load Master Emrah Köylü were the speakers at the summit which students showed great interest. At the summit, changes, growth, employment opportunities, recruitment processes and functioning in the aviation sector in the next 10 years were discussed.
SECTOR GROWING, TURN TO AVIATION
General Directorate of Civil Aviation Turkish Civil Aviation Academy (TSHA) responsible Erdal Yeşilbaş who made a statement to Demirören News agency (DHA) after the summit, “for the next 20 years, according to projection of Boeing and Airbus both the number of pilots and technicians is expected to increase in total 600 thousand. By 2030, air traffic is expected to nearly 2 times what it is now. 2-fold growth will undoubtedly make staff growth necessary in all areas. We can say that the future of aviation is good for both our country and the world. Young people need to engage in activities to increase their competence, and to engage in activities to educate themselves from various sources of information, whether it be various academies or their own schools. For aviation, English is inevitable. It also requires adding other languages. The competencies required by the profession, human competencies, self-expression and language competencies are very important. Let our young people invest in themselves in these areas. If they do these things, if they improve themselves, believe me, finding a job is just about someone discovering you,” he said.
THEY WOULD FIND JOBS EASİLY AND BECOME CITIZENS OF THE WORLD
Erdal Yeşilbaş who pointed out that the need for pilots will never end in the world, said “aviation sector is an integrated sector in the world. It's easy to get a job if you're competent and you're providing the conditions. Pilots and other professions working in Turkey who have licensed themselves in certain areas can go and work in other countries. They can find their own place anywhere in the world. So, you find a place to satisfy yourself and have the chance to become a citizen of the world. If you provide a variety of competencies, it is easy to find a job and I see it as a place that will make you a citizen of the world and I recommend it from that point of view,”.
78 PERCENT OF OUR GRADUATES WORK ACTIVELY
Nişantaşı University, Vocational High School Principal Tuncel Oz who emphasized as of 2019, 78 percent of 4,300 students who have graduated from the aviation department is actively working in the aviation industry, said “we are to train personnel in different fields such as the ground services, aircraft maintenance technicians, pilots, air traffic controllers. Specialized personnel are very important. Airline businesses are now saying’ Please don't send us a graduate who has trained outside of aviation training'. For this reason, we have established workshops for our students in each department with the support of academicians in the field of people from the relevant sector brought here to give lectures,".
AVIATION'S PAY SCALE IS HIGHER THAN OTHER SECTORS
Tuncel Oz noted the field of employment in the aviation sector is very wide and the wage scale is high compared to other sectors and said: Our Students need to focus on a second foreign language and practical courses in order to stand out in the competition. We offer 20 hours a week of practical lessons to our students, apart from theoretical courses. Graduates who start to work in any department in aviation sector start to work with an average of 3,500 TL”.