On Friday 7 June 2019, Air Seychelles Ltd and the Seychelles Business Studies Academy (SBSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding marking the beginning of a partnership between the airline and the training institution, aiming to establish a framework for technical cooperation and assistance.
Air Seychelles is the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, and was established in 1978 to begin long-haul services in 1983. The airline currently offers international flights to Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg, Mumbai and Mauritius. Air Seychelles also offers more than 350 domestic scheduled flights a week between Mahe and Praslin, in addition to charter services to islands within the archipelago. Air Seychelles remains a pillar of tourism, the island nation’s strongest and growing economic sector. The airline maintains a strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and a 40 percent stakeholder.
The aim of the Memorandum of Understanding is to foster a relationship and mutual understanding between SBSA and Air Seychelles Limited to collaborate in achieving a common and shared vision for the provision of skilled graduates for employment and the localisation of posts in the Company. Through an agreed programme of Work Based Experience (WBE) for the SBSA learners in the different trades, learners themselves will be able to be groomed by the company with the possibility of full employment after graduation.
The Memorandum’s has a varied scope and ranges from Air Seychelles’ participation in SBSA events such as graduations, festivals, conferences, presentations; recruitment fairs, promoting careers in aviation, provision of internship to SBSA students, to SBSA providing training to employees of Air Seychelles, promoting Air Seychelles Limited as one of its partners, and delivering competent graduates to work at Air Seychelles Limited.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the Air Seychelles Ltd Head Office at Pointe Larue, by Air Seychelles Ltd Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Remco Althuis, the airlines’ Chief People and Performance Officer, Mr. Japha Ally, SBSA Director Mrs. Josianne Bristol and the Vice Chairperson of SBSA Governing Board, Mrs. Dinaz Van Der Lans. The ceremony will be attended by key officials from both establishments, the Principal Secretary for Tertiary Education and Human Resource Development as well as SBSA students currently on Work Based Experience at Air Seychelles Ltd