qatar-airways-graduationQatar Airways honoured 35 aerospace students who graduated from the Qatar Aeronautical College (QAC) on Sunday 7 July 2013 at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha Hotel.

The group, comprising of 14 aircraft maintenance engineers and 21 cadet pilots, will now embark on a full-time career with the award-winning airline, having completed their studies under Qatar Airways’ Nationalisation Department.

Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker, presided over the graduation ceremony honouring the students, where government officials including the Undersecretary from the Ministry of Labour, Hussain Yousif Al Mulla; Director of Government Budget from the Ministry of Finance, Sheikh Soud Bin Nasser Al Thani; Director General of QAC, Ali Al Malki and the Director of Higher Education from the Supreme Education Council, Dr Khalid Issa Al Hurr were among the guests present.

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Al Baker said:

Tonight’s graduation ceremony is part of our long-term drive to support young talented Qataris in their education to develop the right set of skills required by our rapidly growing business.

The company’s National Scholarship Programme is a key driver of the airline’s ambitious plans to adopt the Qatar 2030 vision. The graduates are the latest success story in Qatar Airways’ pursuit to fulfill the Qatar 2030 vision to create a sustainable future for Qatar by investing in local Qatari talent and building a strong local workforce.

Al Baker continued by saying:

Qatar Airways is a demanding and competitive airline setting high standards for our employees…I am delighted to say our staff feel proud to be part of an organisation that has earned tremendous amount of praise, appreciation and recognition.’

‘We are an airline in a dynamic global industry with a diverse portfolio of great job opportunities not only in the technical area, but also administrative as well.’

‘With Qatar Airways, opportunities are in abundance for all employees with the drive and energy to work in a fast-paced environment.’

‘I wish the Qatari graduates all the very best in their careers with Qatar Airways and look forward to witnessing the great accomplishments they will achieve for our airline.’

According to Al Baker, the airline is not only hiring Qataris to work, but is also helping them build their career paths in the aviation industry. Qatar Airways has a number of programmes to support Qatari high school graduates in their education, to develop their skills and guide them toward key leadership roles within the airline.

Qatar Airways VP Nationalisation Dr Kholode Al Obaidly addressed the guests saying,

This graduation ceremony heralds the beginning of a world of new opportunities for some of Qatar’s leading talent.’

‘We are here in celebration of their educational achievement and wish them well as they are about to begin representing one of the world’s leading airlines – Qatar Airways.’

Qatar Airways, the national airline of the State of Qatar has seen rapid growth in just 16 years of operations, currently flying a modern fleet of 127 aircraft to 128 key business and leisure destinations worldwide.