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Friday 3 March 2023

Qantas unveils major jobs target

Qantas has unveiled growth plans that it says includes the creation of an expected over 8,500 new jobs in Australian aviation over the next decade.

Additional roles based around the country include pilots, engineers, cabin crew and airport staff, and are driven by investments in new aircraft and increased flying to meet long-term demand through Qantas, Jetstar, QantasLink and Qantas Freight, the airline said in a statement.

It estimates the group will employ an estimated 32,000 people by 2033 compared with around 23,500 currently.

The airline axed thousands of staff during the pandemic but is now back in the black.

Aviation jobs typically require specific skills, and so underpinning the recruitment drive is a commitment to training that will create a long-term pipeline of talent.

it says it will establish the Qantas Group Engineering Academy in Australia, with capacity to train up to 300 engineers a year.

The Academy will provide aviation engineers for the Qantas Group as well as the broader aviation industry, including defence contractors and general aviation – two areas with high demand for these skills.

A particular focus will be encouraging more women to consider a career as an aircraft engineer.

Over the next decade, the Qantas Group alone will need around 200 new engineering recruits every year to meet growth as well as attrition as current engineers retire.

A decision on the location for the academy is expected to be determined by the end of 2023.

“Aviation is so important to a country like Australia and you need a big skills pipeline to power it," says Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce. "That’s not just about the major airlines but also small regional operators, defence and general aviation.

"It’s a whole ecosystem that pilots and engineers, in particular, make their way through, and the long-term skills base required means it relies on constant renewal.

“Qantas is already the single biggest investor in aviation skills in Australia, especially when you consider the constant training of our pilots, engineers and cabin crew just to maintain the status quo.

“From a growth perspective, we opened our pilot academy three years ago and today we’re announcing plans for an engineering academy, which will produce up to 300 trained people a year that will meet Qantas’ needs as well as Australia’s broader aviation ecosystem.

“We order aircraft up to 10 years in advance, so we need to think similarly long-term about the people and skills we need to operate them. Over that period of time, we’ll create an estimated 8,500 new aviation jobs in Australia, and most of those jobs require years of training.

“We look forward to working with the industry, training organisations, unions and governments to finalise details for the engineering academy."

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