Careers take off at Airport Authority

PUBLISHED : Friday, 20 July, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 20 July, 2012, 12:00am

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On July 6, 1998, the Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) made history by moving the city's airport from Kai Tak to its present location on Lantau Island in one single night - a testament to the professionalism of its staff.

Becoming part of such a competent and expert team is surely the dream of many young people, and this is made possible thanks to an annual management training programme.

'Normally, we aim to recruit about five or six management trainees per annum, though the exact intake each year depends on organisational needs and the quality of the candidates who can meet our requirements,' says Christine Chan, AAHK general manager for human resources.

Applicants should be university graduates in any discipline, with up to three years of work experience, and excellent written and spoken English and Chinese, including Putonghua.

Those who successfully pass an aptitude test and an assessment of their English and Chinese writing skills must do face-to-face interviews and pass a psychometric test to be able to join the 24-month structured training and familiarisation attachment programme with job rotations.

'Our management trainees will experience a structured and standardised training curriculum focusing on core airport management competency, as well as job rotations to different functions where they will undergo on-the-job training and perform meaningful roles,' Chan says.

After the two-year structured programme, trainees will progress through a number of job rotations. Assignments, which may include out-port postings, will depend on the individual's performance and the needs of the organisation, while senior management will continually monitor performance.

The AAHK offers fresh graduates an interesting and challenging learning environment through diversified work experience.

Project liaison assistant manager Gigi Chong began as a trainee and has been with the company for six years. Her most exciting opportunity came when she was posted to work as assistant to the executive director for airport operations, requiring her to work across different functional teams and departments on various projects, giving her an all-round understanding of airport operations and businesses.

'I see high adaptability and good interpersonal skills as the most prominent factors in doing a good job here,' says Chong.

POTENTIAL PAY

Aviation

Management Level

HK$50,000 (10 years+)

Senior Engineer

HK$40,000-50,000 (5-10 years)

Engineer

HK$25,000-30,000 (3-5years)

Trainee

HK$15,000-20,000 (0-2 years)

Source: Aviation Institute