Air Canada announces scholarships for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers

An Air Canada trainee in the hangar.
Photo Credit: CNW Group/Air Canada

Air Canada has made a significant stride towards promoting diversity and inclusivity in the aviation industry by announcing a new scholarship program aimed at supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds pursuing studies as Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs).

This initiative will assist in fostering access and opportunity in a profession historically dominated by certain demographics.

Nurturing the Next Generation of AMEs

Under the newly forged agreement, Air Canada has partnered with seven colleges across Canada to extend financial aid to students who identify as women or visible minorities and are enrolled in AME programs.

Each selected student will receive a generous $1,500 scholarship, providing invaluable assistance in covering educational expenses.

Moreover, these recipients will have the unique opportunity to embark on work placements at Air Canada Maintenance, gaining invaluable hands-on experience in their field.

Joshua Vanderveen, Vice President of Maintenance at Air Canada, expressed the airline’s dedication to nurturing the next generation of AMEs through collaborative endeavors with academic institutions nationwide.

 Vanderveen emphasized the multifaceted skill set demanded by contemporary AMEs, highlighting the pivotal role they play in ensuring the safety and efficiency of commercial aircraft operations.


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Air Canada & Educational Institutions

The scholarships will be awarded to students enrolled in AME programs at prominent institutions including the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), École Nationale d’Aérotechnique, Centennial College, Fanshawe College, Canadore College, Mohawk College, and Northern Lights College.

This strategic partnership not only bolsters Air Canada’s outreach efforts but also strengthens ties with recognized educational facilities committed to quality aviation education.

Paving the Way for Future Aviation Specialists

As Air Canada continues to spearhead initiatives aimed at fostering talent development and inclusivity, a recent accolade stands as further testament to this focus. Last year, the carrier received two accolades as part of the Employment Equity Achievement Awards.

Last month, Air Canada was recognized as one of the top employers for young people in Canada in 2024, the first time the airline has received this recognition.

This honour, awarded by Mediacorp Canada Inc., celebrates the nation’s leading organizations for their commitment to developing and nurturing young professionals.

An Air Canada Express aircraft at takeoff.

We are thrilled to be recognized as a top employer for young people in Canada,” said Arielle Meloul-Wechsler, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer and Public Affairs at Air Canada on winning the award last month.

“Air Canada has long been recognized for creating a positive work environment that supports employee development and fulfillment.”

“As we continue implementing our global business strategies, fostering the next generation of people and talent remains a key priority, and we are proud to offer leading programs and opportunities to support their career growth.”

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