Austrian Airlines seeks new participants for its dual aviation management studies program

  • Dual aviation management studies start for the second time as of March 2019
  • Austrian Airlines is looking for new participants
  • Cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Worms

VIENNA, Austria, 2018-May-09 — /Travel PR News/ — “Filling academic positions with Austrian talents is a major challenge for us”, says Kay Kratky, Chief Executive Officer of Austrian Airlines AG, putting the shortage of qualified employees in Austria in a nutshell. In particular, employees with business management or airline-specific know-how are in demand more than ever before, above all in areas such as flight operations, marketing and network planning. The long-term objective of Austrian Airlines is to identify and train the talents of tomorrow and subsequently employ them to fill vacant positions.

Dual training program in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Worms 
Austrian Airlines launched the dual study program “AIRcelerate” for future air traffic managers for the first time in March of this year. Participants will conclude the seven-semester bachelor’s program at the University of Applied Sciences Worms in 3.5 years and will be given a “Bachelor of Arts” degree after successful completion of their studies. In addition to traditional subject matter in the field of business administration, the students learn everything they need to successfully manage an aviation company. During lecture-free periods, the students take part in an airline trainee program at Austrian Airlines in Vienna-Schwechat. “In addition to being deployed on the ground and in the air, the participants are involved in various management assignments, projects and trainings to learn everything required to directly begin working for Austrian Airlines right after the program is concluded”, explains Project Manager Maximilian Szesny. The participants are supported by a mentor from the management team during the study program.

Professional development opportunities with Austrian Airlines 
In addition to the opportunity to organize a four-weekly charity project abroad, the students will have the chance to spend one of the semesters studying in another country (e.g. USA, Canada or Hong Kong). “It is important to us that future talents in our company gain some international experience and develop their strengths. For this reason, we have included a lot of space for individuality in addition to numerous foreign assignments in the program”, Maximilian Szesny states. The program participants are employed by Austrian Airlines from the very beginning and enjoy numerous employee benefits such as discounted flying. The students receive remuneration totaling EUR 990 per month during the practical training periods. Moreover, Austrian Airlines covers all study, travel and education costs, and also gives each participant a laptop for his or her studies at the university.

Prospective candidates with higher education entrance qualification can apply up until May 31, 2018 at Furthermore, Austrian Airlines will be happy to receive applications from lateral entrants with interesting profiles.

“We hope our investments in young talents will pay off. I am personally delighted that there is finally an opportunity for young Austrian aviation enthusiasts to directly gain a professional foothold in the airline sector right after they complete their secondary school education”, CEO Kay Kratky concludes.


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SOURCE: Austrian Airlines AG