Despite its booming aviation industry and huge numbers of people, Asia is suffering a big shortage of skills. And it is about to get worse.
It seems odd.
In the world’s most populous region the biggest problem facing airline employers is a shortage of people.
Asia has more than half the planet’s inhabitants and is home to many of the world’s fastest-growing economies. But businesses like airlines are being forced to reconsider just how quickly we will be able to grow, because we cannot find enough people with the skills we need.
At Aviation Human Capital – a brand new addition to our 2016’s Aviation Festival Asia, we’re bringing airline HR leaders s in a panel discussion on how to cope with the talent needs. Here’s a quick review of the key questions that will get you on the edge of your seats:
- Addressing the quantity and quality gap: How to arrive at a strategic balance?
- Partnering with academic institutions to ensure a steady talent pipeline of pilots and engineers: How to work out the right strategies?
- Training pilots: How to ensure sufficient flight experience to handle large planes while rapidly train up a large workforce to meet rising demand?
- Best-in-class examples from the industry: Who’s thinking ahead?
And you will hear the answers from these following airline HR leaders, each bring a different perspective that will together paint the picture of talent gap in the industry.
- Manish Uppal, Director of Training and Standards, AirAsia India
- Eve Liebetrau, Executive Manager of Human Resource, Comair
- Heriyanto Agung Putra, Director of Human Capital & Corporate Affairs, Garuda Indonesia
- Myo Min Thu, Deputy Chief Commercial Officer, Myanmar National Airlines
Manish would answer the tough question on training, drawing from his experience of working for one of the largest LCC group in Asia.
Eve Liebetrau will bring her perspective from South Africa on how she has helped Comair grow its core business of operating British Airways Domestic and Regional and the low-cost arm kulula.com simultaneously.
For Heriyanto Agung Putra, the challenge is to fill the need of approximately 400 new pilots when Garuda approaches 2020. With the shortage of qualified pilot schools in Indonesia, finding people with the right skills is as big a constraint as infrastructure.
As a country Myanmar is opening up, Myo Min Thu faces lots of challenges in terms of manpower and talent acquisition, and he would share how MNA copes with the fast growing aviation industry.
They will be sharing at the panel “Talent gap alert: How are we going to cope with exploding passenger numbers?” on Day 1, 23 February 2016. To see the full agenda of the Aviation Human Capital, visit our website here.