Virus Crisis Upends Hopes For Aviation Careers
Paris, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Feb, 2021 ) :One year ago 26-year-old Perrine was on the cusp of realising her childhood dream of becoming a flight attendant.
Then the Covid-19 pandemic arrived and Perrine is now on track for a job in insurance instead.
Most of the 8,000-square-metre (86,000-square-foot) facility is silent.
In a vast hanger that holds a Falcon business jet and a Super Puma helicopter for technical training, just a couple of dozen students are busy at work benches.
Making the traditional welcome speech at the start of the academic year in this very unusual year "was a bit touch and go", said instructor Pierre-Henri Greze.
"Most of the students are concerned, anxious about the future," he added.
The number of apprentices at the start of the 2020 academic year was down by half to 300, with the courses for flight attendants at a complete halt as airlines shed cabin crew jobs to match the vastly reduced number of flights they are operating.
The mechanic and technician students are down by a third.
0 and 4.0 percent per year.
But Covid-19 brought all that to a brutal halt.
Companies are now shedding jobs, thousands of them.
CFA director Flavigny hopes to make it through the worst of the pandemic so the school can survive.
"We found solutions for 2021," she said.
Flavigny is worried about current and former students, many of whom now face becoming unemployed.
Meanwhile, the students themselves fluctuate between depression and determination.
"You can't give up," said Marotea Archer, 21, with a pair of pliers in his hands.
"Maybe in a couple of years a company will need workers and hire us." Perrine Chaumet is not as optimistic.
"Even if you move heaven and earth, you can't pursue your dream job in a crisis like this," said Chaumet.
Nevertheless, after the crisis passes Chaumet still hopes to take to the skies.
"I had the time to see that is what I want to do. It's what makes me want to get up in the morning."