Flight attendants in rising demand in Vietnam

Flight attendants from VietJet pose for promotional pictures in 2014
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Flight attendants have become an increasingly recruited position by Vietnamese carriers since the beginning of this year in order for future demand to be met.

Representatives of Vietnamese airlines gathered for a vocational fair organized by the Vietnam Aviation Academy in Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday last week.

Speaking at the event, Vu Thi Kim Cuc, deputy head of the flight training center of national carrier Vietnam Airlines, stated that the airline had been aggressively seeking for new flight attendants since earlier this year.

About 430 fresh flight attendants have been recruited so far, Cuc said, adding that another 100 similar positions are expected to be hired in October.

“In order to meet the future demand of Vietnam’s aviation sector, Vietnam Airlines is anticipated to employ 700 new flight attendants in 2017 and about 800 more in 2018,” she continued.

According to Tong Viet Bay, chief human resources officer of Jetstar Pacific Airlines, the carrier will recruit at least 200 new cabin crew members and another 100 pilots next year.

Despite the rising demand for cabin staff, the number of qualified applicants has been underwhelming, Bay said.

“We could only pick 100 employees to join our flight training programs out of 5,000 candidates,” the official elaborated.

The trainees mainly lack soft skills, he said, adding that Jetstar will cooperate with the Vietnam Aviation Academy in improving the qualifications of their students.

An extensive flight attendant course was also introduced to those youngsters who are interested in the profession, said Nguyen Thi Hai Hang, director of the Vietnam Aviation Academy.

“The program includes a series of lessons designed to equip learners with comprehensive knowledge and skills relating to the career. Graduates will be ready to work for domestic and international airlines,” Hang stated.

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