Sri Lankan Airlines goes rural for cabin crew

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. “If chosen, they would go into the Cabin Crew Training Programme and would need to pass several tests before qualifying,” the statement said.

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.

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