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Opportunity For Winnipeg Immigrants to Work and Train As Flight Attendants
Calm Air International LP in Winnipeg recently had an Open House for people interested in becoming flight attendants in their company. While this type of job has great potential for newcomers to Canada, you would have to have been in this country long enough to have acquired a Canadian passport. While most of Calm Air's business is in Manitoba and the far north, they also charter flights internationally - thus the need for a Canadian passport.
While a flight attendant or pilot job may not be a possibility for those without a Canadian passport, Randi MacCallum, Director of HR at Calm Air International LP, says that there are other jobs with the company such as customer service, cargo and technical jobs which require only a work permit.
In this episode of "Civic Platform", she and other spokespeople from the company talked about many aspects of working at the company, including the company culture; the training that they do - flight attendants have 10-12 weeks of paid training; preparing for a job interview; the conditions of acceptance to a position; the challenges on the job.
Many newcomers come against the requirement for "Canadian experience" in seeking a job and McCallum spoke to that. While it can be difficult for newcomers to fulfill that requirement, she acknowledged, it is not always essential if the applicant proves his ability to fully perform his duties through his personal skills and his ability to be productive in the work environment and to cooperate with the team.
McCallum said that Winnipeg is a diverse city with multiple cultures, and everyone should respect the culture of the other and deal elegantly with employees coming from different cultures so that they can integrate and help society to be stronger and better.
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