The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and domestic airline Manta Air signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a company-wide internship program.
The partnership aims to provide 12 youth with early exposure within the aviation industry - to acquire basic knowledge and skills.
Presenting a unique opportunity for exposure in key areas such as commercial and marketing, flight and ground operations, aircraft engineering, the year-long internship is designed with close monitoring and mentoring from both parties to inspire and develop young people in aviation with a unique and creative learning experience.
“This is another milestone for Manta Air to embark on this mission with UNICEF to develop young people, where we take pride in contributing to the local community", said Manta Air CEO Mohamed Khaleel, during the signing ceremony.
UNICEF Representative to Maldives Dr Munir Safieldin stated that "In the Maldives, a large number of young people are unemployed. We need to be creative in opening new job horizons for them. The partnership between UNICEF and Manta Air opens a new horizon of skills development for potential future employment in civil aviation".
"We believe that this initiative with UNICEF will be a key component in achieving our commitment (to ensure future growth of the industry by investing in capacity building initiatives for young people). We are privileged to work with UNICEF and we hope that this is the start of an amazing journey”.
The MOU covers additional areas in support for advocacy on children and young people’s rights and issues via the in-flight Magazine 'Manta Air: RAYS'.
The organisations will join together to celebrate the World Children’s Day and World Youth Day and engage the public on children’s rights and wellbeing of children and young people.