Air Seychelles offers UniSey graduates career chances


20-October-2012

Mr Ball and Ms Confait signing the MoU

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed at the university’s Anse Royale campus yesterday offers graduates the opportunity to enroll for a career path in global aviation and tourism. This will be done through internships or job placements, visiting lectures and joint research projects.

The MoU was signed by the national airline’s chief executive Crammer Ball and UniSey’s vice-chancellor, Marina Confait.

Present were the Minister for Home Affairs and Transport Joel Morgan who is also the Air Seychelles chairman, Air Seychelles corporate affairs manager Allan Renaud, UniSey pro-vice-chancellor Lucy Athanasius, and the dean of the faculty of humanities, Jaggadishen Ganesh.
Mr Ball said this month – for the first time in our history – Air Seychelles used Facebook to promote a cabin recruitment day held on the campus and the turnout was great.

He singled out the first UniSey graduate hired by the airline – Valerie Lebon – who has shown tremendous skills and after just five weeks is the airline’s marketing executive.

That could be linked, according to Mr Ball, to the “active and vibrant Facebook page, a Twitter account, YouTube channel, all managed by Valerie and being used to reach out to Air Seychelles guests in new ways – a 21st century way!

“Using Facebook to reach out to the next generation of employees marks a turning point between the old Air Seychelles and the new, and for the event to be here when it happened is also meaningful.”

According to Mr Ball, in our competitive world today’s graduates and future managers have to come on board already equipped with well-developed soft and technical skills, a good grasp of the local environment and a broad international perspective.

He said Air Seychelles will give a leg up to high caliber students who want that opportunity, through potential involvement in its graduate management programme in collaboration with its partner Etihad Airways whose training facilities in Abu Dhabi are world class.

Ms Confait said the MoU offers a partnership for training opportunities, leading to promising careers.  She said that through internships, graduates will be able to translate theory into practical experience.

She said that the agreement offers lots of opportunities for interaction between the graduates and local as well as foreign partners. She noted that the UniSey already has partnership agreements with several top foreign institutions, especially in the tourism sector.

Ms Confait later told the press that the MoU initially provides for a two-year partnership with Air Seychelles, but added that this is renewable.

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