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Welcome to FlySAA

Your Journey with SAA

SAA Careers

Our Journey

South African Airways (SAA) is a multi-award winning airline based in Johannesburg, South Africa, serving 38 destinations globally. We are a key contributor to South Africa's GDP, accounting for about 9.2bn.

     

This makes us an important part of the economy and a cornerstone of our nation's future success. SAA was established on 1 February 1934, when the South African government took over the assets and liabilities of Union Airways.

Over the next 80 years, we worked hard as an organisation to overcome historical challenges and move with the times. Today, we are a proud member of the Star Alliance group and an aviation force to be reckoned with.

 
     

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As Africa's most awarded airline, we are proud of our many accolades.These votes of confidence inspire us to reach greater heights. During the last couple of years, South African Airways was awarded with:

  • Sunday Times Generation Next Awards - Coolest Domestic Airline (3 consecutive years)
  • Sunday Times Top Brands 2014 - Domestic Airline
  • Skytrax - Best Airline in Africa (13 consecutive years)
  • Skytrax - Best Staff Service in Africa (4 consecutive years)
  • Skytrax - 4-Star Rating Retention
  • World Travel Awards - Africa's Leading Airline (21 consecutive years)
  • World Travel Awards - Sawubona: Africa's Leading In-flight Magazine
  • Ask Afrika Orange Index - Industy Leader: Africa
  • STAT Times - African Cargo Airline of the Year (2013)
  • SAA and Mango hold the number one and two successive spots as South Africa's most on-time airlines

Let's talk about talent

Youth development programmes

 

Graduate Programme

Build a legacy

INTAKE | EVERY EIGHTEEN MONTHS DURATION | 18-MONTH CONTRACT

 

 

The Graduate Programme is a strategic initiative aimed at creating a talent pipeline for critical areas within our business as well as for the aviation sector in general.

Graduates obtain a significant amount of exposure (build a career) and experience (build a legacy) in the workplace over an 18-month period. The Graduate Programme provides graduates with real, hands-on opportunities to make an impact.

Graduates are placed in a Specialised Programme or a Generalist Programme, based on business demands and critical skills areas.

  The Generalist Programme provides the graduate with a 6-month rotation period through our core business areas to ensure that the relevant business acumen needed in SAA is developed. The graduate spends a total of 12 months in the targeted business area to develop the depth of knowledge, skills and competencies required to perform in the area where they are selected
  The Specialised Programme has a short rotational span and graduates remain in their specialised area with one rotational point

The GRADUATE PROGRAMME COULD SUPPORT TOP GRADUATES IN THE FOLLOWING DEGREE FIELDS:

  International Relations
  Logistics Management
  Marketing
  Auditing,
  Mathematics/Statistics/Economics
  Business Management/Administration
  Aeronautical Engineering
  Transport Economics or Management
  Project Management
  Information Technology or Management;
  Risk, Governance and Compliance
  Financial or Management Accounting
  Mechanical Engineering
     

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

Before applying for the Graduate Programme, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  Must have recently qualified in the last 12 months with a good academic record at NQF Level 7 (3-year degree)
  Must have passion for chosen field of study and desire to practically apply what has been learnt
  Must have good judgment and decision-making skills
  Must have problem-solving abilities
  Good communication skills
  Highly motivated
  Confident
Internship Programme

Itching for a career take off?

ANNUAL INTAKE | APRIL
DURATION 6-12 MONTHS

 

 

The Internship Programme is a unique opportunity to gain business skills in the aviation industry. We provide interns with valuable work experience for a limited period (minimum 6 months and maximum one year).

Apart from practical hands-on work experience and in-depth knowledge gained, they benefit from being exposed to the world of work and the aviation environment in particular.

Upon completion of the Internship Programme, interns will be better prepared for a work role in their career fields of study.

The career fields within the SAA Group that support the Internship Programme include:

 

  Accounting
  Computer Science or Information Systems
  Economics
  Engineering
  Risk Management
  Other financial business-related fields e.g. Commerce
  Aviation Operations
  Supply Chain Management
  Mathematics or Statistics
  Human Resources or Psychology
  Marketing or Communications
  Management Science
  Law
  Professional Cookery
  Transport and Logistics
     

PROGRAMME BENEFITS

The Programme will provide you with the following benefits:

  You will gain an understanding of the working world from a perspective of “what can I do with my qualification?”
  You will gain exposure to your field of expertise
  You will acquire critical business competencies
  The Internship Programme may open the door to future potential working opportunities within SAA (although this is not guaranteed)
  You will add a valuable reference to your CV as you will have worked for a premium brand

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

In order to apply for our Internship Programme, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  Currently studying in final year or postgraduate studies and require mandatory in-service training of 6 months to qualify/recently completed studies in the last 12 months
  Must have no prior work experience in the field of study
  Good academics and extracurricular involvement
  Must have a positive attitude
  Basic computer literacy
  Good communication skills
  Results-driven
  Live the SAA Values of accountability, integrity, customer focused, safety, excellence in performance and valuing our people
Cadet Pilot Development Programme

Make the sky your playground

INTAKE | ANNUALLY
DURATION | 18-MONTHS

 

 

SAA is providing an opportunity to aspiring pilots to participate in the Cadet Pilot Development Programme, a bursary award programme aimed at assisting successful candidates with funding to obtain a Frozen Airline Transport Pilot's Licence.

On completion, successful cadets will be required to seek employment in the aviation sector to gain further flying experience to facilitate employment within SAA among other employers in the aviation industry. Once sufficient flying experience has been obtained and should suitable vacancies arise in SAA, successful cadets will be eligible to apply for an appropriate position in line with SAA's recruitment and selection processes.

PROGRAMME BENEFITS

The Development Programme will provide you with the following benefits:

  You will gain knowledge and skills in the functions and competencies required for the job role of an entry-level Pilot
  This Programme may open the door to future potential working opportunities within SAA (Please note that this is not guaranteed)
  The Curriculum includes:
   
  Preparation Training
  Technical Training
  Ground School Theory
  Practical Flight Training

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

In order to apply for our Cadet Pilot Development Programme candidates must meet the following requirements:

  Matric Certificate/N3 or relevant tertiary qualifications (SAQA accredited)
  Compulsory subjects include: Mathematics or Statistics 101, Physical Science and English Subjects are to be passed on D symbol on Higher Grade, C symbol on Standard Grade or Level 5
  Candidates with/without previous flying experience/valid pilot licence will be considered
  Pass a security competency assessment
  Must be willing to relocate for the duration of the training
  Good communication, judgment and decision-making skills
  Must have the ability to multitask
  Must be medically fit
  Good hand-eye co-ordination
  Technically orientated
  Highly motivated
  Ability to work under pressure
  Must be confident and assertive
  Sign a training bond

OUR SELECTION PROCESS

The selection process consists of five phases:

  Pre-screening on application
  Psychometric testing
  Medical examination
  Assessment
  Panel Interviews
Cabin Crew Skills Programme

Be the wing man

ANNUAL INTAKE | THROUGHOUT THE YEAR DURATION | 3-MONTHS

 

 

This Programme is a unique opportunity to receive tuition towards attaining a SACAA Cabin Crew Member licence.

The Programme provides unemployed youth with skills that are deemed as scarce in the aviation industry.

As a result of participation in the programme, candidates are provided with career growth opportunities as they become employable as Cabin Crew Members.

PROGRAMME BENEFITS

The Programme will provide you with the following benefits:

  You will obtain a SACAA Cabin Crew Member Licence
  You will gain an understanding of the world of aviation
  You will gain knowledge, skills and abilities in the functions and work processes related to the job role of Cabin Crew Member
  The Skills Programme may open the door to future potential working opportunities within SAA (please note that this is not guaranteed)

WHERE WILL MY PARTICIPATION IN THE CABIN CREW SKILLS PROGRAMME TAKE ME?

You will be provided with formal tuition and assessment in the following areas:

  Aviation Medicine Training
  SAA Service Procedures Training
  Safety and Emergency Procedures Training – General and Aircraft Type
  South African Civil Aviation Authority Licensing Assessments

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

Before applying for the Cabin Crew Skills Programme, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  You must have a Grade 12 or equivalent diploma
  Pass in English at Grade 12 level (or equivalent)
  Pass SAA English Language Proficiency Test
  You must have good interpersonal skills
  Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  Safety orientated
  Culturally sensitive
  You must have the ability to work under pressure
  No negative findings on SAA’s pre-employment checks (criminal, credit and qualification checks)
  Must be medically fit
  Minimum height of 1.58m
  Be a competent swimmer
Flight Dispatcher Skills Programme

Clear for take off

INTAKE | ONCE A YEAR DEPENDING ON TETA GRANT
DURATION | 12-MONTHS

 

 

This Programme is a unique opportunity to obtain tuition and workplace experience for the Flight Dispatcher Qualification, NDip Flight Dispatcher
NQF 5.

The Programme provides unemployed youth with skills that are deemed as scarce in the aviation industry.

Participants who complete the Programme successfully, can seek employment in Aviation as Flight Dispatchers or in other disciplines of operational control.

PROGRAMME BENEFITS

The Programme will provide you with the following benefits:

  You will complete a qualification in Flight Dispatch based on Unit Standards as per the Qualification ID 59256
  You will gain an understanding of the world of aviation
  You will gain knowledge, skills and abilities in the functions and work processes related to flight dispatch
  The Skills Programme may open the door to future potential working opportunities within SAA (please note that this is not guaranteed)

WHERE WILL MY PARTICIPATION IN THE FLIGHT DISPATCHER SKILLS PROGRAMME TAKE ME?

You will be provided with formal tuition and assessment in the following areas:

  IATA OCC Phase 1 Course
  Human Factors in Aviation
  ICAO Flight Dispatcher Course
  Initial Manual Weight and Balance – SAA Passenger Aircraft non-system
  Dangerous Goods Category 10 Regulations
  Applicable Enterprise Induction Programme
  Airside Rules and Regulations Course
  Security Awareness
  Aircraft Systems Course for non-technical personnel
  Workplace experience will include the Flight Dispatch Induction Programme and unique operational experiential learning opportunities

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

In order to apply to our Flight Dispatcher Skills Programme, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  Grade 12 or equivalent with a D symbol in Mathematics, Geography and Physical Science
  Pass in English at Grade 12 level (or equivalent)
  Interpersonal, analytical and decision making skills
  Excellent verbal, written communication and presentation skills in English
  High level numeric skills
  You must have good planning and organising skills
  Safety orientated
  You must be culturally sensitive
  You must have the ability to work under pressure
  No negative findings on SAA’s pre-employment checks (criminal, credit and qualification checks)
  Must be medically fit

Candidates who have speech impediments, problematic visual and colour perception problems might not be able to enter this Programme

Technical Apprenticeship Programme

Maintaining the safety net

ANNUAL INTAKE | 3 INTAKES PER YEAR: JANUARY, MARCH AND SEPTEMBER DURATION | 2 – 3 YEARS

 

 

SAA Technical requires highly skilled people in the career discipline of aviation maintenance. To address this requirement Training Apprenticeship Programmes were established in eleven trade disciplines.

These Programmes are a unique opportunity to receive tuition and practical training towards attaining a technical qualification. The Programmes provide unemployed youth with the necessary and valuable skills that are deemed as scarce in the aviation industry.

As a result, participants become more marketable and employable and this provides an opportunity for longterm career growth.

PROGRAMME BENEFITS

The Programme will provide you with the following benefits:

  You will gain an understanding of the technical working world
  You will gain knowledge, skills and abilities in the functions and competencies required for the selected technical trade discipline
  The Apprenticeship Programme may open the door to future potential working opportunities within SAA (please note that this is not guaranteed)

WHERE WILL MY PARTICIPATION IN THE TRAINING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMME TAKE ME?

You will complete a Training Apprenticeship Programme within one of the following eleven disciplines:

  Aircraft Mechanic
  Aircraft Spray Painter
  Aircraft Composite Structures
  Aircraft Electrician
  Aircraft Instrument Technician
  Aircraft Radiotrician
  Aircraft Structure Workers
  Aircraft Trimming
  Turner Machinist
  Welding
  Electroplating

WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

In order to apply for a particular technical discipline, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  Matriculated with Maths, English and Physical Science (all subjects compulsory with at least E Symbol on Higher Grade or D Symbol on Standard Grade) OR minimum N3 Certificate with Maths and Engineering Science D Symbol
  Must be able to communicate in English
  Prepared to undergo a training course (company sponsored)
  Medically fit
  Must be prepared to sign a learnership contract
 

Please note that our youth development Programme is aimed at providing successful candidates with tuition and practical exposure for a limited time period and, therefore, there is no commitment to further employment at SAA after the completion of the Programmes.

  Please note all candidates must be South African citizens
  Candidates may be expected to undergo pre-employment assessments and criminal and qualification checks
  SAA is committed to Employment Equity and all appointments will be made in this context
  Candidates with disabilities are welcome to apply
 

Direct Flight to your Career

Our Business is highly competitive and complex with a number of different types of divisions that steer our operation.  

SAA Pilots

Pilots joining South African Airways become part of an operation characterised by a world class reputation for safety, efficiency and customer service. We offer our pilots exciting career development prospects and choice of fleet types and a route network covering both long haul and short haul flying. Our pilot jobs provide professional stability, job security and exciting and rewarding careers which is why becoming an SAA pilot is one of the most sought after occupations in the commercial aviation sector. SAA offers a competitive salary with additional allowances based upon the number of duty and flying hours that are achieved.

The minimum requirements for entry into SAA as a pilot are:

  Matriculation Certificate / Grade 12 / N3 or equivalent qualification (SAQA accredited);
  Compulsory subjects: Mathematics or Statistics 101 and English (D symbol on higher grade or C symbol on standard grade) coupled with one of the following: Physical Science or Computer Science (D symbol on higher grade or C symbol on standard grade);
  Valid South African Air Transport Pilot’s Licence (frozen ATPL) with multi engine instrument rating;
  Valid class 1 medical;
  At least 1, 500 flying hours which includes a minimum of 200 hours on multi-engine aircraft;
  Must be a South African Citizen.
     

Documentation requirements for application:
A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae with specific reference to the following aspects:

  Aviation training history;
  A summary of all the types of aircrafts flown;
  The number of hours flown in each aircraft;
  Aviation career history; and
  Any other employment history;
     

Certified copies of the following documents must accompany your application:

  Last page of the logbook;
  South African Identity Document;
  Pilot License;
  Matric Certificate;
  Other certificates of formal educational qualifications; and
  A passport size photograph.
     
SAA Cabin Crew

SAA cabin crew are required to be professional, friendly individuals who deliver a personalised, consistent service to our customers on board our aircraft. Our cabin crew are more than just the airline brand ambassadors, they represent the South African nation; they reflect the colourful cultures of the nation, the warm African hospitality and the beauty of our land. At SAA we regard it a privilege to be an SAA cabin crew member and with this privilege comes an enormous amount of responsibility. Cabin crew are required to be well groomed, medically fit and should maintain a healthy lifestyle. They need to be able to manage fatigue, jet lag, and ensure that they are sufficiently rested before each duty.

The SAA cabin crew travel to international destinations, meet interesting people, stay in excellent hotels and experience different cultures and places. Yet the job is also challenging - they sometimes have to forego family get-togethers; birthdays and other social activities. Whilst on duty, they are expected to deal with emergencies, turbulence, sick passengers, and possible conflict amongst flight occupants, delays, tiredness and loneliness may also occur.

If this exciting, challenging career is for you, you need to obtain distinctions in Aviation Medicine training, safety and emergency procedures training, and SAA service procedures training. You also need to pass the South African Civil Aviation Authority Licensing Assessments. All training is given after the recruitment process once an incumbent starts their job.

Before applying for a Cabin Crew position; the candidate must meet the following requirements:

  You must have a Grade 12 or equivalent diploma;
  Pass in English at Grade 12 level (or equivalent);
  Pass the SAA English Language Proficiency Test;
  You must have good interpersonal skills;
  Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;
  Safety orientated;
  Culturally sensitive;
  You must have the ability to work under pressure;
  No negative findings on SAA’s pre-employment checks (criminal, credit and qualification checks);
  Must be medically fit;
  With a minimum height of 1.58m;
  Be a competent swimmer.
 
 
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