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Qantas Group announces major jobs, training, and growth plans

The scheme includes a new Qantas Group Engineering Academy.

QANTAS Group has announced major job, training, and growth plans, including a new Qantas Group Engineering Academy, as it moves away from recovery to expansion.

Driven by investments in new aircraft and increased flying to meet long-term demand, Qantas Group expects to create more than 8,500 new high-skill jobs in Australian aviation over the next decade, which will be based around the country, including pilots, engineers, flight attendants, and airport staff.

The Engineering Academy is expected to train up to 300 engineers a year, with a particular focus on 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 number which exceeds the current national supply of new aviation engineers annually.

The Academy is expected to open its doors to its first students in 2025, with a fully licenced aviation engineer typically requiring a minimum of five years of practical and classroom training.

Qantas will liaise with unions and the industry to finalise how the Academy will operate, including how it works in with existing apprenticeship programs run by Qantas Airways and Jetstar Airways.

A decision on the location for the Academy will be made as part of the final design, expected to be determined by the end of the year, with those wishing to register their interest able to do so here.

In total, Qantas Group will hire more than 30,000 frontline people over the next 10 years, accounting for regular attrition as well as growth.

Qantas Group estimates it will have an estimated 32,000 people by 2033, compared with around 23,500 currently.

“Aviation is so important to a country like Australia and you need a big skills pipeline to power it,” Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce declared.

“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.”

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