Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the CIAS Limited, trading as College Ireland (CIAS) to establish a long-term strategic partnership.
will further support the airline’s existing training programs to develop and
empower young UAE Nationals to play an even greater role in the airline’s
The MOU was signed
during a special Irish delegation visit led by the head of the Irish government, An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, at the airline’s headquarters
in Abu Dhabi.
Under the MOU,
Etihad Airways and CIAS will collaborate to develop and offer a series of
specialised aviation and executive development programs to UAE nationals
currently employed across the airline’s various departments in Etihad Airways’
expanding global network.
Most of the
programs will be conducted at Etihad Airways’ state-of-the-art Training Academy
in Abu Dhabi except for the English language training, which will be offered in
Ireland. The programs will be jointly delivered by qualified and experienced
trainers from CIAS and Etihad Airways.
Etihad Airways’ Chief People and Performance Officer, said: “As the national airline of the UAE, and to
support the Abu Dhabi 2030 plan and the Absher initiative, Etihad Airways is
committed to training and developing a national workforce of skilled motivated
“We are pleased to
collaborate with a world renowned educational institution such as the CIAS to
support the development of young UAE Nationals and prepare them for exciting
and rewarding careers in the aviation industry.”
The CIAS was established in 2010 to provide a “one
stop shop” to unite providers and market Irish education, training and
consultancy services to the international aviation market. The company has the
support of the Irish Aviation Authority and Enterprise Ireland and offers state-
of-the-art courses across a broad spectrum of the aviation industry.
Brian Joyce, the
Chairman of CIAS, said that this is an exciting opportunity for College
Ireland. “We are delighted to be
associated with one of the World’s premier airlines. This MOU confirms that
CIAS is a leading provider of a broad mix of courses to the aviation industry
and further proves that Irish companies can compete on a global scale for
Etihad Airways is
renowned as one of the UAE’s leading Emirati employers and has been widely acknowledged
for its National Talent Development Program. Currently the airline has more
than 1,400 UAE Nationals employed in various jobs spanning the spectrum of its
Etihad Airways enjoys strong commercial and
cultural ties with Ireland, operating ten flights a week to Dublin and a codeshare
partnership with Aer Lingus. According to this partnership, Etihad codeshares on
Aer Lingus’ transatlantic services out of Dublin to Boston, Chicago, New York and
a number of destinations across Europe and in Aer Lingus codeshares on Etihad
Airways flights to Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Kuala Lumpur, London, Manchester,
Melbourne, Muscat and Sydney.
Furthermore the airline has
number of key investments in Ireland including a line maintenance facility and premium
lounge at Dublin Airport, as well as cultural partnerships with the GAA
All-Ireland Hurling Championship and The Gathering Ireland 2013.