dnata Singapore signs MOU with local institutes of higher learning

Singapore, 4 March 2021 dnata Singapore has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with both the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and Republic Polytechnic (RP) during separate ceremonies. These memorandums signify future collaboration efforts that will provide career development opportunities and help to reaffirm the confidence levels of aviation graduates to keep them within the industry.

These partnerships also enable dnata Singapore to identify areas of training according to the company’s needs and changes in the aviation industry, whereafter the relevant expertise from the education sector collaborates to design and deliver suitable training modules. Through offering recognised diploma certification that allows first-hand knowledge of industry developments and changes, all parties hope to support a healthy talent pipeline entering the aviation market.

dnata Singapore will continue to collaborate with these local institutes of higher learning to support more industry consultation and final year student projects and work closely with educators by providing industry insight.

Over recent years, dnata has worked closely with ITE to provide internship and employment opportunities to ITE graduates. In 2019, ITE launched its 3-year Work-Study Diploma in Airport Operations, co-developed by dnata and a few other aviation companies. dnata has subsequently recruited 21 students under this programme, with more collaborations in the pipeline, incl. Certified On-the-Job Training Centre (COJTC) and development of curriculum for Work-Study Diploma in Passenger Experience Management. 

Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, 2nd Minister for Education & Foreign Affairs Minister and a delegation from ITE, visited dnata’s cargo facility after the signing ceremony and interacted with dnata staff currently pursuing the ITE Work-Study Diploma.

dnata also has a longstanding collaboration with RP. Through RP’s Specialist Diploma in Aviation Management & Services (1-year programme), dnata has accepted 11 students for full-time employment since 2019. Internship opportunities will remain high on the agenda. Since 2019, dnata hosted over 45 students from both institutes; 11 eventually joined as employees.

Musdalifa Abdullah, dnata Singapore Board Member, said: “As a local employer, we will continue developing homegrown talent by collaborating with the education sector. We are committed to creating attractive opportunities and long-term careers in the aviation industry to ensure the younger generation delivers a healthy pipeline of interest that is committed to helping us shape the future of the business.”

Ms Low Khah Gek, CEO, ITE, said: “This collaboration marks a significant milestone in ITE’s continuing efforts to enhance training and learning in airport services. With dnata coming on board as one of our Certified On-the-Job Training Centres (COJTC), and the contributions towards developing relevant training materials for the Work-Study Diploma in Airport Operations and providing internship opportunities for students, it shows great partnership and synergy between both establishments in achieving greater heights.”

Mr Yeo Li Pheow, Principal/CEO of Republic Polytechnic, said, “We are delighted to partner dnata in providing more learning opportunities for both our pre-employment training (PET) and continuing education and training (CET) students, so that they are better prepared to take on fulfilling careers in aviation management. Through internships and joint research projects, our students will acquire valuable industry experience and skillsets, and be exposed to industry-leading technologies at dnata.”