The two-day Indian Air Force (IAF) Placement Fair, held on Saturday in the city, was a successful affair.
The fair, held for ex-warriors of the IAF — those who retire from service at a young age — saw a huge turnout both from recruiters as well as those seeking jobs.
The fair was inaugurated by defence minister AK Antony and will go on till Sunday. “IAF offers a disciplined, well-trained and elite pool to which the industry should give priority during recruitment,” Antony said during the inauguration.
This is the sixth placement fair being held for retired personnel.
“Air force is a technology-intensive service and the officers who retire from IAF are skilled, hardworking and have a wide range of skill sets. Since they get early retirement, it is our duty to help them in the transition from a job with the force to that in other sectors,” said Air Marshal Anil Chopra.
The placement fair is larger this year, with around 40 corporates offering jobs. On the first day itself, over 1,500 participants got registered with various companied. Interviews for some posts are being conducted online.
“The contribution of IAF is invaluable and the officers’ skills are unmatched. We will provide our expertise in getting them to the corporates. We have 40,000 potential jobs at our portal, Shine.com and we are willing to help the former officers to get the jobs they deserve,” said Rajeev Verma, CEO, Hindustan Times Media Limited. HT is collaborating with IAF for the placement fest.
According to NAK Browne, Air Chief Marshall, around 6,000 people retire from IAF each year and it is the IAF’s commitment to take care of them. The fair ends on Sunday.