Taking steps in the ‘flight’ direction
A pair of bright Broome graduates have taken a step in the “flight” direction and landed an opportunity to take their aviation careers to new heights.
Broome International Airport recently rolled out its cadets program, which offers 12 months of training at the town-based hub to two Year 12 Broome Senior High School students each year.
It allows students to try their hands in all airport departments and aims to extend the number of career avenues available locally to young adults leaving school, with the potential for a full-time position at its completion.
Broome’s Che Maher and Chelsea Rankine became the inaugural recipients of the paid cadetship after graduating from BSHS last month.
Mr Maher, 18, said he did not hesitate to put his hand up for the role.
“I was leaning towards doing a trade when this job at the airport came up, but now I’m looking at a career in aviation,” he said.
“It means a lot to be able to stay in Broome and work because separating from family would have been very difficult.
“I’m glad I put myself forward to do this and I’m enjoying it.”
BIA chief executive Paul McSweeney said he was proud to collaborate with the school.
“This could lead to a life-long career in aviation for the participants, who will be treated like full-time employees for the next year,” he said.
Miss Rankine is due to begin her placement in January.
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