Atlanta Airport Offers New Training Opportunities For Local Teens – WSB-TV Channel 2
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is hiring teens to fill vacancies Teenagers will be able to earn real money while gaining real-life experience.
From an early age, high school student Devon Willis knew he wanted to be a commercial airline pilot. He is about to start the summer youth program at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, to get one step closer to his dream.
“Flight has always interested me, … about how flight operations work. How the airport works,” Willis said.
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The program is part of Mayor Andre Dickens’ plan to employ 3,000 young people this summer. When this program begins, students will be in the field learning everything from customer service to marketing.
Students 16 or older who attend Atlanta Public Schools, Clayton County Schools, or Fulton County Schools, all of which are airport-area districts, are eligible to apply for the program.
Once accepted, students will work alongside and shadow representatives from customer service, marketing, operations, transportation, and parking.
Channel 2’s Audrey Washington spoke with Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Business Manager Jai Ferrell about the benefits teens can expect from the program.
“$15 an hour, we provide lunch each day, we give them uniforms, and we also provide transportation options through MARTA cards so they can get to the airport.” said Ferrell.
The airport isn’t the only place offering high-paying jobs for teens in the Atlanta metro area. In February, we told you how auto detailing owner Buckhead employed a number of Atlanta waterboys who wanted to get off the streets and into a more secure money-making situation.
Willis believes the airport program will ultimately help his future career in aviation take off.
“I’ve always loved making paper airplanes,” Willis said. “I’m thinking of majoring in airport management…a good major to become a pilot.”
There are still a few places available in the program. The deadline to apply is May 17.
The program begins the first week of June.
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