Iata offers free training to laid-off cabin crew

Unemployed cabin crew will be assisted to use their skills in other industries.

The International Air Transport Association (Iata), the global representative body of the airline industry, is offering a free online training course for airline cabin crew who have lost their jobs because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The course, called “Cabin Crew – Leveraging Professional Skills” will allow cabin crew to leverage their existing professional skills to make them applicable in other jobs.

Iata decided to create the course after a survey of 800 unemployed cabin crew established that 78% of them needed assistance in transferring their skills to other sectors. Iata director of training Stéphanie Siouffi said, “Tens of thousands of crew members have lost their jobs in this crisis. This offering is a salute to their service to the industry.”

Attendees will receive practical preparation tips for job seeking and benefit from the insights of former colleagues who have already switched to non-aviation jobs.

Stéphanie added that, “We hope to welcome (unemployed cabin crew) back to aviation, but for now many will need to seek opportunities to earn a livelihood in other sectors. Fortunately, they have the skills to make the transition. Applying Iata’s training expertise, we will help them to present these skills to potential employers.”

Before the pandemic, every year the association trained around 100,000 people globally in essential skills that could develop their careers.