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Sri Lankan Airlines goes rural for cabin crew
18 Apr, 2011 17:38:41
Apr 18, 2011 (LBO) - SriLankan Airlines said it has hired young women from rural areas who will be given a chance to join the Sri Lankan national carrier's cabin crew.

Recruitment teams recently visited provinces in the south and central areas as well as the outreaches of the Western Province where the capital is located, an airline statement said.

SriLankan intends to carry out similar recruitment programmes in other districts.

"Thousands of young women flocked to the recruitment centres in towns such as Tissamaharama and Tangalle, hoping for a chance for an international career and lifestyle that few in Sri Lanka ever have the opportunity to achieve."

Some of the new recruits were put through a special personality development programme to groom them for work as airline stewardesses.

"Having gone through this specially designed programme, we expect them to be as good as anyone else from anywhere in this country, or even better,” SriLankan’s Head of Service Delivery G T Jeyaseelan said.

A large number of young women were selected outright for entry to the airline’s "rigorous" 65-day Cabin Crew Training Programme, the statement said.

But 27 of those who did not quite meet the required standard but nevertheless demonstrated potential were chosen for the special 'Personality Development Programme'.

In three-months a group of instructors who included the airline’s own staff and external experts in relevant fields taught the girls everything they needed to raise the level of their personalities and capabilities, the statement said.

These included English, grooming, etiquette, teambuilding, role play, customer service, and airline industry orientation.

The trainees now have an opportunity to go through the interview process for new cabin crew.

"If chosen, they would go into the Cabin Crew Training Programme and would need to pass several tests before qualifying," the statement said.
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7. meerkat21 Apr 19
Appointments should be on suitability, competence and performance. The main function of aircrew is to ensure safety during a flight. Feeding the passengers and making them comfortable are secondary functions.

Handling unruly passengers is a key requirement, especially in a confined space as in a airliner, that requires special qualities. Personality and performance are key issues--where they come from is not.

6. Anu Apr 19
Since when was Central province "Rural"????
5. ranjit demel Apr 19
I was under the impression the cabin crew(ladies) were from rural areas.i was certain the ladies were not from colombo, maybe i was mistaken
4. EA Apr 19
Well done. This should have been done from the very inception of Air Lanka. These good jobs should not be only few from big cities.
3. kamal Apr 19
thousands came from tangalle and tissamaharama.......not surprised at all. how abt pilots? i am sure SriLankan can a pick a few strong lads from these areas too!!!!
2. Purohitha Apr 19
A new dawn. For the first time our village lases get the chance to serve Din& Tonics, bloody marys and see the world. Who in SL would give a chance to the villagers ? Lets hope they dont loose their heads and get infected.
1. BR Apr 18
All the developments,jobs are going to the Hambanthota District. Others only needed to get the vote