More than 5000 new workers will be needed in NZ’s aviation industry in the next four years. Could you be one of them?
Luke was named top achiever on the Aviation Gateway programme in 2017 and has been awarded the 2018 ServiceIQ Flying NZ Scholarship. The award not only reflects how well he achieved this year, it gives Luke $2000 he can put towards flight training.
Luke aims to gain his Private Pilot Licence at a local aero club, then carry on to flight school to complete his commercial training and eventually hopes to join an airline as a pilot.
Aviation industry in NZ
Nearly 20,000 people work in the NZ aviation industry, and their average annual earnings are a healthy $83,500. Employment prospects are good, and because the workforce is ageing, there will be jobs available for new entrants.
ServiceIQ is the New Zealand Industry Training Organisation that sets the standards and creates apprenticeship and qualification training programmes in the local aviation industry.
After successfully completing any of the range of Service IQ Aviation programmes, students can apply for a range of airline and airport industry roles where they can develop a career by training on the job.
Where are the jobs in aviation?
To pursue a career as a pilot, students can apply to train at one of several flight training schools around New Zealand.
Airlines, such as Air New Zealand, employ and offer training programmes or apprenticeships to get you ready for a wide range of important roles including: flight attendants, aeronautical engineers, ground staff, aircraft cleaners, check-in staff and ramp operators.
Airports employ and upskill air traffic controllers, and operations staff.
The Royal New Zealand Airforce also offers a wide range of career options such as aircraft engineers.