Comair provides training and employment for underprivileged youth

Johannesburg, 10 October 2013: Comair Limited is proud to be involved in the establishment of the Carpe Diem Kaleidoscope (Pty) Ltd (CDK) Coaching Academy and Recruitment, a development initiative which formally launched today.

The CDK Academy, with the support of Comair, will offer airline specific training and leadership training for underprivileged learners in the communities of Ekurhuleni in the East Rand region of Gauteng.

Once the learners graduate, they will be issued with Comair accredited certification. Comair will assist with the placement of learners to gain practical experience. Graduates will also be considered for formal employment should there be vacancies available and should they meet the requisite requirements.

Carol Ova, founder of the CDK Coaching Academy and Recruitment Company, says: “The aim of CDK is to recruit young people, in particular matriculants, and equip them with skills that will render them competent and employable. This in turn will help eradicate the dependency syndrome that gives rise to despondency and hopelessness amongst the youth in South Africa.”

Comair has been involved in the CDK community learnership programme since 2005.

Through this programme it has trained close to 140 learners and provided employment to 111 of the learners as Customer Service Agents at OR TamboInternational Airport. Some of the learners have taken advantage of growth opportunities and applied for other positions in the business such as Senior Customer Service Agents, Contact Centre Agents or Cabin Crew.

“Since 2005 we have seen this community initiative grow and develop into the fully-fledged company it is today. Comair is proud to be able to support such a worthy initiative, which tackles the monumental problem of skills shortage and unemployment amongst our youth.”says Erik Venter, CEO of Comair

Comair will provide financial support of more than R2-million over the next year to the CDK Coaching Academy and Recruitment (PTY) Ltd.



About Comair Limited

Comair Limited is a South African aviation and travel company, offering scheduled and non-scheduled airline services within South Africa, Sub- Saharan Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands, as its main business. The company operates under its low-fare airline brand,, as well as under the British Airways livery, as part of its British Airways Plc. license agreement. Managed and owned by South Africans through its listing on the JSE, Comair has been operating successfully in this country since 1946. Comair is the only known airline to have achieved operating profits for 68 consecutive years and has a safety record which is internationally recognised.

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