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British Airways: Building a Future for Nigerian Aviation Industry

Without doubt, the Nigerian Aviation industry has recorded some tremendous progress and stakeholders agree unequivocally that the successes achieved in the 50 plus years since independence have been due to new players in the Aviation sector both locally and internationally. There are key players in the industry and one of those players who have been making giant strides within the Nigerian airspace and beyond is British Airways.

Winners of British Airways Leaders of Tomorrow Season 1, Adachie Gabriel Eneojo, Peter Fajemisin and British Airways CEO, Keith Williams during the presentation of certificate to the winners in London, recently.

Having recognised the rich pool of human potentials in the sector, the British Airways announced the launch of a capacity building initiative which it tagged, ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’. The initiative which 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.
 According to the Country Commercial Manager (West Africa), British Airways, Mr. Kola Olayinka, 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. Mr. Olayinka added that the initiative was designed to bridge the gap between the classroom and the actual work environment, noting that the international airline is passionate about supporting talents by providing them with veritable platform on which they can learn and gain experience in their chosen fields.
Already, the initiative has started yielding fruits. Through Leaders of Tomorrow, British Airways has successfully impacted the lives of six young Nigerians from the Nigeria College of Aviation Technology (NCAT), Zaria who eventually emerged winners of the project. The winners were 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 & Power plant (AP-27) and Ogunranti Olaluwa, a student of Abridged Avionics (AAVO-13).
The six of them were given an opportunity to undergo a two-week internship at British Airways head office in Nigeria as well as pay a week visit to the company’s global office at London Heathrow, where they met with Keith Williams, the Chief Executive Officer of British Airways.
Recounting his experience in London, one of the winners, Eneojo, now a Business Development Manager with Wakanow.com courtesy British Airways, said meeting the Chief Executive Officer of British Airways is an experience he cannot forget in a hurry.
 He added, “The thrill for me was visiting the headquarters and seeing the level of organization 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 has 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, the world class Training centre-Crane bank in London and even 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.

After having experienced on a first -hand global Aviation practice as well global business operations, the beneficiaries showered encomiums on British Airways for conceiving such initiative which has profited them in many ways than one.

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