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Flying high
Students of Frankfinn Institute of Airhostess Training. Picture by Rashbehari Das

Satarupa Mukherjee lost her father at a very early age. She was in the second year of college when she heard about Frankfinn. Despite financial constraints, she took a bank loan to join the institute. “I learnt aspects of personal grooming along with how to conduct myself in an interview, all of which helped me greatly,” says the petite, pretty, 20-something young woman who has just landed herself a placement with Air Arabia.

“Now I will be able to repay my loan and also look after my family,” adds a beaming Satarupa, one of the students of the institute to have landed a job with an international airline.

With a “25 per cent annual growth rate” in the aviation industry, a host of training institutes are prompting young men and women with average or low academic scores to take to the skies. If not airlines, hotels and the travel sector offer employment opportunities.

The minimum qualification for enrolment is 10+2 and it is a part-time course that can usually be pursued alongside other courses or a job.

Frankfinn started out in 1993 and now has about 115 centres across the country. It offers students a BTEC Higher National Certificate in Aviation, Hospitality and Travel Management that is accredited by Edexcel UK. The modules include self-development, personal grooming, fitness, first aid, on-flight operations and service etiquette.

“We have also tied up with Jet Airways to give students a feel of in-flight procedures, giving our students hands-on training,” said Samir Valia, vice-president, corporate communications, Frankfinn.

With domestic and international carriers recruiting away, the sky is clearly limitless for those who aspire to fly high.

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