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‘Leaders Of Tomorrow’ BA contribution To Aviation Development –Olayinka

Posted: Jul 5, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Stories by Abel Orukpe, Lagos


The Country Commercial Manager, British Airways (BA), West Africa, Mr. Kola Olayinka, has said that the ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ capacity building initiative is part of BA’s contribution to the development of the Nigeria aviation sector.

He stated that the British Airways backed initiative that was targeted at students from Nigeria College of Aviation Technology College (NCAT), Zaria, Kaduna, was aimed at further deepening British Airways commitment to meeting the manpower needs in the Nigerian aviation industry.

He explained that the idea was also part of a larger plan that the global airline was deploying to contribute to the development of the country’s Aviation sector.

Olayinka added that the initiative was designed to bridge the gap between the classroom and the actual work environment, noting that the international airline was passionate about supporting talents by providing them with veritable platform on which they can learn and gain experience in their chosen fields.

The BA Country Commercial Manager stated that already, the initiative had started yielding fruits and through ‘Leaders of Tomorrow,’ the global airline had successfully impacted the lives of six young Nigerians from NCAT, Zaria, who eventually emerged winners of the project.

He named the winners to include Abimbola Caulcrick, a student of Abridged Airframe and Power plant (AAP-8), Fajemisin Peter Adebola, Adachie Gabriel Eneojo, both post graduate students in Aviation Management, Banigo Michael, Ubong George Itok, both studying Standard Airframe and Power Plant (AP-27) and Ogunranti Olaluwa, a student of Abridged Avionics (AAVO-13).

The six students were given an opportunity to undergo a two-week internship at BA head office in Nigeria as well as pay a week visit to the company’s global office at London Heathrow, where they met with the Chief Executive Officer of the airline Keith Williams.

Recounting his experience in London, one of the winners, Eneojo, now a Business Development Manager with Wakanow.com, an online travel portal, said meeting the Chief Executive Officer of British Airways is an experience he cannot forget in a hurry.

“The thrill for me was visiting the headquarters and seeing the level of organisation and structure British Airways possesses. The high point was meeting the CEO and being able to present Nigerian Aviation industry from the perspective of a student as well as a fast learning and growing professional”.

He remarked that the international training had exposed him to the rudimentary requirements of the aviation industry globally, adding that it has also helped him improve on his work role at Wakanow.com.

On his part, Peter Fajemisin, who is presently in the employ of the airline said the internship gave him an insight into the cross-cultural dimensions of global business operations.

Fajemisin stressed that, “Internship at British Airways gave me an opportunity to grow professionally. The comprehensive training and hands on experience during the internship also gave me an edge over my peers in the industry”.

Aside the visit to the London head office, the winners also visited the airlines engineering base, and the world class Training centre-Crane bank in London then flew the 747 on the BA simulator.

At the end of the internship, they all received a British Airways accredited certification from the CEO to mark their graduation from the Leaders of Tomorrow Academy.