Vijay Mallya-controlled UB Group is expanding its training business to the metros and Tier II cities to take adavantage of opportunities in the booming aviation, hospitality, services, retail and business process outsourcing (BPO) sectors.
UB’s wholly-owned subsidiary Kingfisher Training Academy (KTA), set up in May 2007 with its flagship center in Mumbai to provide skilled manpower to the industry, has announced plans to launch 12 more centers by February 2008 across India through the franchise route.
“Now it is tough to get the right cabin crew. The number of aircraft fleet will double in two years and there is a huge demand for Indian crew by carriers from the Gulf. We know what the industry needs and accordingly train the youth,” said Rajesh Verma, head of KTA and executive vice president, Kingfisher Airlines.
While a mid-sized aircraft like a Boeing 737 and A-320 requires 35 crew, a wide-bodied aircraft like an A340 or A350 requires 100 crew per aircraft. Besides the demand from Indian carriers, the rapidly growing Emirates, Qatar Airways and Ethiad Airways also heavily depend on India to source manpower.
A six-month course at KTA costs Rs 1 lakh. “We have tied up with several banks for easy loans for students so that they can pay back after getting employment,” said Kunal Vasudeva, head (Projects & Business Development), KTA.
“We are customising training program for corporates. We have already trained group of employees of Cinemax, MIAL, DIAL,” said Michael Tan, GM, training, KTA. A large multinational will be signed soon, while Reliance Hospitals has also hired KTA’s services to train its personnel.