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Comair supports Wonders of Aviation

Comair Limited is a proud supporter of Wonders of Aviation. During the financial year 2016/2017, Comair invested 4.4% of their annual payroll on internal training and skills development as well as leadership development. The training programmes are focused on improving Comair’s human capital, improving business processes and procedures, as well as maintaining and promoting high standards of safety, security and quality service delivery.

About Comair

Comair is a South African aviation and travel company, offering scheduled and non-scheduled airline services within South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, as its main business. The company operates under its low-fare airline brand, kulula.com, as well as under the British Airways livery, as part of a license agreement. Managed and owned by South Africans through its listing on the JSE, Comair has been operating successfully in this country since 1946. Comair is the only known airline to have achieved operating profits for 71 consecutive years. It, has a safety record which is internationally recognised and a level 4 B-BBEE recognition. Comair has independently been certified by the Top Employers Institute, as one of the Top Employers South Africa 2018.

Comair provides training and employment for underprivileged youth

Comair is proud to be involved in the establishment of the Carpe Diem Kaleidoscope (Pty) Ltd (CDK) Coaching Academy and Recruitment, a development initiative which formally launched in 2013.  

The CDK Academy, with the support of Comair, offers airline specific and leadership training for underprivileged learners in the communities of Ekurhuleni in the East Rand region of Gauteng, South Africa.

Once the learners graduate, they are issued with a Comair accredited certification. Comair assists with the placement of learners to gain practical experience. Graduates are also considered for formal employment if there are vacancies available and should they meet the requisite requirements.

The aim of CDK is to recruit young people, in particular matriculants, and equip them with skills that will render them competent and employable.

Comair has been involved in the CDK community learnership programme since 2005. Through this programme it has trained close to 140 learners and provided employment to 111 of the learners as Customer Service Agents at OR Tambo International Airport. Some of the learners have taken advantage of growth opportunities and applied for other positions in the business such as Senior Customer Service Agents, Contact Centre Agents and Cabin Crew.

Since 2005 Comair has seen this community initiative grow and develop into the fully-fledged company it is today. Comair is proud to be able to support such a worthy initiative, which tackles the monumental problem of skills shortage and unemployment amongst the South African youth.

Since 2005 we have seen this community initiative grow and develop into the fully-fledged company it is today. Comair is proud to be able to support such a worthy initiative, which tackles the monumental problem of skills shortage and unemployment amongst our youth.
Erik Venter, CEO of Comair Limited

Cadet Pilot Training Programme

Comair’s Cadet Pilot Training Programme was aimed at sponsoring individuals from previously disadvantaged backgrounds to train as pilots. Since the initiation of the programme in 2000, thirteen (13) cadets have obtained their commercial pilot's licence – four (4) of whom are currently employed by Comair as, with one (1) of the cadets having risen through the ranks to be appointed as Chief Pilot and two (2) now being Captains. In 2017, Comair revised its approach to its Cadet Pilot Training Programme and now pursues a bursary programme which is aimed at helping qualified, previously disadvantaged commercial pilots to gain sufficient experience and flying hours to meet Comair’s minimum requirements.

Several young commercial pilots are pursuing their dream to fly for an airline but aren’t able to obtain the required experience due to the costs that entails. Under the new framework, Comair is working with identified private air schools to provide the selected candidates with bursaries, to gain the experience they need toward being fully qualified and employed at Comair.

Leadership Development Programme

Investment in the Leadership Development Programme in conjunction with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and underwritten by the University of Pretoria helps to identify and develop leaders within the company to continue to drive the business forward in the future.

Skills Development Programme

The Skills Development Programme provides students from Ekurhuleni the opportunity to gain six months' work experience at Comair. Since this initiative was launched in 2006, Comair has awarded 135 students from the Ekurhuleni district with Passenger Handling certificates, employed 9 students from the Ekurhuleni district as Cabin Attendants, and offered 111 students permanent employment.

In partnership with Tertiary Institutions in Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg, Comair offers third year Travel and Tourism students the opportunity to complete their Workplace Experiential Learning Module at Comair. Once the students have successfully completed their studies, they are eligible to apply for full-time employment at Comair.

Comair Training Centre

The Comair Training Centre, located adjacent O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, was established in 2001 as a flight training academy providing world class flight deck - and cabin crew, as well as flight operations training to its own staff as well as external clients.

The academy operates four flight simulators for various configurations of Boeing 737. Comair has built a client base of 34 airlines from African countries, as well as the Middle East, South America, Indo-Asia and the Far East, offering advanced pilot training for both airline operators and private clients

Training is specific to the B737-series aircraft, as well as non-type specific classroom training e.g. crew resource management courses as well as command evaluation and upgrade training. 

Comair has also set up a retired Boeing 737 for fully immersive cabin crew training, providing a realistic environment for safety and evacuation training. The aircraft is equipped with bulkheads and stowage’s, smoke simulators, communication system, passenger and crew seats, doors and slides, galleys and a flight deck.

As part of the ongoing expansion of Comair’s training facility, an additional structure is being erected at Comair’s current training facility in Johannesburg, which will consolidate the training offering, provide more classrooms, accommodate more students and have the potential capacity for a further two fixed-base simulators and two full-motion simulators. The new structure will be done in 2018. 

For more information visit the Comair Training Centre where you can register as an individual or as a company.