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Fireworks at Kansalaistori Square, Helsinki, to celebrate a century of Finnish independence (Photo: Finland 100)

Fireworks in Helsinki, to celebrate a century of Finnish independence (Photo: Finland 100)

South African air service commits more to the recruitment of women

The South African Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS), and the nation's Human Capital Investment Department in the Office of the Premier, have been involved recenly in a focused recruitment drive. Unemployed female graduates and matriculants are being offered opportunities to follow careers in Air Traffic Control and Aeronautical Information Management.

South Africa is still a society that reflects huge disparities between men and women. As part of the recruitment drive, ATNS has effective programmes in place, primarily to increase access to high quality training and skills development opportunities, which will enable women to effectively participate in the economy and reduce inequalities. ATNS’ recruitment objectives are aimed at, among others, to achieve the fundamental transformation of inequities linked to class, race, gender, age and disability in our society.

In June 2012, ATNS partnered with the Limpopo Provincial Human Resource Development (currently known as Human Capital Investment) Department by undertaking a similar initiative. It is in this context that the partnership continues – with the sole objective of ensuring that unemployed graduates and/or matriculants have full access to opportunities on offer.

Some of the women graduates and matriculants who were assessed at the Vhembe District in Limpopo

In order for the current project to be successful, the two entities have  liaised with the Office of the Youth Commission - for database purpose and information dissemination; utilised District Human Resource Development Managers as the entry point to Districts; enlisted the services of Regional and Community Radio Stations to reach the constituency; Approaching the relevant provincial department to reach out even to traditional authorities “ Moshate”; contacting all FET Colleges in the Province and targeting best performance schools in the province.

During May 2014, the recruitment team visited the Vhembe, Mopani, Sekhukhune and Waterberg, amongst other districts - with final assessment and intake scheduled from mid-May to end of July 2014. Only those who have passed the assessments tests are offered free bursaries.