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Tuesday, 18 April 1972
Page: 1203

Senator Douglas McClelland (NEW SOUTH WALES) asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice:

(1)   Were Junior Executive Trainee cadetships offered by Qantas Airways Limited in previous years; if so, how many were offered and what type of training was offered.

(2)   How many cadetships were offered by Qantas Airways Ltd this year; if none, what was the reason.

Senator COTTON (New South WalesMinister for Civil Aviation) The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   Qantas docs not operate a Junior Executive Trainee Cadetship training scheme. It is assumed, however, that the reference in your question relates to the Junior Commercial Traineeship scheme. The Company provided such a scheme for 12 years. It was designed to give trainees a thorough knowledge of how Qantas works - through a 2-year programme of rotational, onthejob training - prior to their settling into a specialised job.

Today, many young men who joined Qantas as junior commercial trainees are occupying responsible supervisory and management positions throughout the Company. Qantas confidently predicts that many of its executives of the future will be former junior commercial trainees.

Upto thirty personnel between the age of 17-19 years were recruited each at the New South Wales Higher School Certificate level for appointment under the Junior Commercial Traineeship scheme. The rotational training involved each trainee spending 3 months in 8 selected depart ments over a period of 2 years. To ensure a thorough understanding of the operations of Qantas, trainees were exposed to the Commercial. Technical, Administrative and Financial areas of the Company.

On-the-job training was supplemented by a lecture programme in which senior Company specialists dealt with internal Company operations, Qantas in industry, plus letter writing and public speaking. Outside speakers were also called upon to deliver lectures on governmental structure, banking and current affairs. In addition, part-time University and College courses were encouraged to help develop the trainees and they were assisted financiallya s well as by being granted lecture leave.

(2)   There was no recruitment organised for appointments to the Junior Commercial Traineeship scheme in 1972. The reasons are as follows:

(i)   the economic climate and circumstances of Qantas required a continuing reduction in total staff strength; and

(ii)   the need had arisen to examine the scheme in the light of the aspirations of young men entering business today and the Company's changing manpower requirements.

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