Christchurch Airport's new cadets graduate
James Haseman has graduated from Christchurch Airport's new airBRIDGE cadet programme, which promotes employment opportunities.
Stuff reports the scheme was established 18 months ago to bring young people into the industry and expose them to career opportunities in airport services.
Christchurch Airport terminal manager Stewart Gibbons said the scheme was their answer to addressing a possible staff-shortage as people retired over the next five to 10 years.
"Because the industry is an interesting one, they will stay in it a long time. We wanted to bring some new blood into the industry," he said.
About 5500 people worked at the airport every day and the average age of employees at the company was 45, Gibbons said.
The four young graduates came straight from school or from a diploma course and all had identified they wanted to work in an airport environment but did not know how to find a way in.