Sustaining aviation workforce after the pandemic: Evidence from Hong Kong aviation students toward skills, specialised training, and career prospects through a mixed-method approach

Cho Yin Yiu, Kam K.H. Ng, Simon C.M. Yu, Chun Wah Yu

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Abstract

The aviation industry is in a recession with the rapid and immense outbreak of COVID-19 under globalisation. The future young aviation professionals might suffer from a ‘career shock’. This study analysed the post-pandemic career prospects for Hong Kong aviation students using mixed-method research considering specialised and licensed training. We conducted a survey (N = 101) and focus group interviews (N = 6) to investigate students' perceived impediments and potential support from the institutions. Matt-Whitney U test is used to compare the perceptual difference in the impediments, career prospects, skills required, and institutional supports between (non-)specialised training students, (non-)engineering-related students, and (non-)final-year students. The results demonstrated no significant difference between students with and without specialised training. While final-year students perceive themselves as lacking more in terms of non-technical skills than non-final-year students, students are interested in broadening their career options to include airline operations, aircraft engineering and maintenance via acquiring a variety of emerging knowledge and technical skills. Given most studies focus on the recovery pattern of the aviation industry, this study is original in considering Hong Kong aviation students' career impediments and prospects using a mixed-method approach to provide policy insights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-192
Number of pages14
JournalTransport Policy
Volume128
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022

Keywords

  • Aircraft maintenance engineering
  • Aviation students
  • Career prospects
  • COVID-19
  • Licensed training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation

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