DOHA, Qatar – Qatar Airways is investing in Qatari youth who will then utilize their talents in high-level jobs at the airline.
Qatar has created a dedicated new National Scholarship Program 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-centered 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 program 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 center stage in the world of aviation, earning admiration from its international peers with its high standards of service and hospitality.
“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 program 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 Program 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 Counselors of local schools and universities.
Still in its early stages, the initiative is already receiving a great response. “Since we started advertising the new program in local media, applications are coming in on a daily basis,” said Dr. Al-Obaidli, Senior Manager Qatar Airways National Scholarship Program.
“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,” he added.
One of the first applicants to enroll in the scholarship program 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 program 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.”
Fueled 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 percent addition to the head count by 2014.
As a truly global airline covering 6 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 Program can be found at www.qrscholarship.com .