SAA is one of the world's longest-established airlines. It was formed on 1 February 1934, when the South African government acquired the assets and liabilities of a private airline, Union Airways, to create a new national airline, South African Airways.
State ownership of the airline allows for greater control in advancing national objectives such as promoting air links with South Africa’s main trading partners, contributing to the growth of the tourism industry, and strengthening air transport capacity on the continent.
Your Journey with SAA
South African Airways strives to be the airline of choice in Africa and beyond. We know that becoming great is largely dependent on our people as they play a significant part in our value chain. SAA offers a dynamic, exhilarating environment in an exciting industry where talented people can grow on their journey with us.
SAA Youth Development Programmes
•Internship Programme•Learnership Programme•Cadet Pilot Training Programme•Career Day – WIPHOLD & Partners: Schools Careers Focus
This programme is aimed at providing students with the opportunity to gain work experience in order to fulfill the requirements of their degree to qualify. Each intern is offered a two to nine month contract dependent on the requirements of the university or if working to gain experience whilst studying, the students availability.
•Third year (or postgraduate) full time students across various faculties of Business Commerce, Accounting, Economics, Corporate Law and Engineering
•Talent Acquisition targeted universities through presentations, advertising on university career portals and provision of information at career days
Geraldine Welby-CookeTel: (011)-978 6136E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
SAA provides structured training and development to the youth to support them with gaining the required competencies and experience to join the world of work. SAA specifically focuses on two programmes aimed at Cabin Crew and its Technical Apprentices/ Learnership Programmes.
•Cabin Crew: SAA targets unemployed youth with Grade 12 and English. An indigenous or foreign language is regarded as an added advantage, as is the ability to swim and being medically fit. The duration of the training programme is 2 ½ months and they are trained on two domestic aircraft types.•Apprentices/ Learnership Programmes: Targets unemployed youth with grade 12 maths and physical science at level five. The duration of the training programme is three years.
•Advertising through national media•Word of mouth
Cabin Crew: Johnny BassonTel: (011) 978 5085E-mail: Johnnybasson@flysaa.com
Apprentices/ Learnership Programmes: Peter MadunaTel: (011) 978 3126E-mail: email@example.com
Cadet Pilot Training Programme:
SAA has recently re-launched its Cadet Pilot Training Programme that targets previously disadvantaged unemployed youth as well as individuals who are currently studying to finalise their commercial pilots licence. The duration of the ab initio flight training is 24 months. On successful completion cadets enter SAA as In-flight Relief Pilots and are developed for a further 2 years prior to becoming fully qualified.
•Grade 12, maths and physical science at level 6•To qualify for financial assistance, candidates must have completed their private pilots licence (PPL).•Must attached proof of flying licence or proof of flying training•Employees of SAA, who have gone solo but not yet acquired a PPL, may apply for financial assistance towards further flight training.
•Internal application process
Contact Susan NelTel: (011) 978 5517E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Career Day – WIPHOLD and Partners: Schools Careers Focus:
SAA has joined in a partnership with Wiphold in plight of the empowerment youth with a specific focus on women. Career days are held throughout the year in schools of disadvantaged communities aimed at bringing the world of work to life for the youth by sharing the vast arrange of career options that are available to them and how they can align their studies accordingly.
•Targeted at learners in Grade 11-12•Focus on schools in historically disadvantaged communities
•Wiphold has identified five schools that meet the requirements
ContactNambita MekaneTel: (011) 978 3846E-mail: email@example.com