Chris Youlten, Managing Director, Etihad Airport Services, said: “We wholeheartedly welcome our talented graduates into the Etihad Aviation Group family. This foundation programme is a central part of our strategy to recruit and create opportunities for Emirati talent, in line with the long-term vision of Etihad Aviation Group and our home of Abu Dhabi.”
Khaled Almehairbi, Senior Vice President Etihad Airport Services Ground, said: “We are so proud of the newly qualified Emirati staff. These are people who might not otherwise have had this type of opportunity - and in return - they have overcome personal challenges and truly shone. They are being immediately deployed to operational roles to support our growing hub in Abu Dhabi.”
Other EAG staff present included Amani Al Hashmi, Head of UAE National Development, Emiratisation; Jamal Eidha Mubarak Alameri, Senior Manager Ground Operations; Paul Haines, General Manager EAS Catering and Alan Wright, Senior Manager Cargo Operations.
Two of the graduates - Mariam Ahmed Ameri and Abeer Masoud Abdalla Alnaqbi - were recognised for their exemplary commitment and dedication and received star performer awards.
Etihad Aviation Group employs over 3,000 Emiratis and runs more than 20 programmes to attract, train and develop UAE nationals in areas such as engineering, flight operations, management and at the all-female Al Ain Contact Centre.