During a short ceremony, the new offices of Aviato – formerly known as Brussels Airport House – were inaugurated by all partners involved and in the presence of a few prominent people. New offices, a new identity and a new strategy to meet the new employment challenges at Brussels Airport.
Brussels Airport, an essential economic growth hub
Every day, more than 20,000 people work at Brussels Airport, in hundreds of different professions and for more than 260 different employers. After all, Brussels Airport is the second largest economic growth hub in Belgium, after the Port of Antwerp. The airport is still growing, with companies continuously hiring new people: currently the Aviato job portal has 500 vacancies.
For this reason, Brussels Airport House was established in October 2013, a unique ‘one-stop’ service that centralises all information about the employment and training opportunities at Brussels Airport. It was a joint initiative of both private and public partners and the governments involved in employment and training. The founders of Aviato are: VDAB, Actiris, the province of Flemish Brabant and POM Vlaams-Brabant, BECI, VOKA, SFTL and Brussels Airport Company.
“Working at Brussels Airport, surrounded by aircraft: it makes you dream. 20,000 people – in a wide range of functions – are lucky. And in the future many others will join us, especially thanks to the support of Aviato. As a result of a collaboration between experts from the sector, Aviato knows how to connect employers and employees. For example, Aviato is the pre-eminent reference for those who want to develop their skills within a unique framework, in the heart of Europe“, Arnaud Feist, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Aviato and CEO of Brussels Airport Company said.
Aviato, partner for employers and job seekers
Brussels Airport House has become Aviato. The intention is to revitalize the activity and to become the reference for quality and sustainable employment at the airport, both for job seekers and for employers. The objectives remain unchanged: attract, guide and train as many job seekers as possible to meet the needs of employers. Employers can also rely on the services of Aviato for the search, preselection and training of future candidates.
“I am delighted that – with Aviato – we will be able to develop extra solutions for Brussels job seekers. Personally it is a good example of how public and private can find each other in a collaboration that everyone wins, across the regional borders“, said Caroline Mancel, Deputy Director General of Actiris.
After all, education is central to Aviato’s long-term strategy. Aviato has launched tailor-made training programs in collaboration with VDAB and Actiris, but also with future employers. These training courses include language courses, but also technical courses related to the airport professions.
“Aviato will bring together the combined forces that are committed to employment and training. Today, there are more than 500 vacancies. To be able to fill them in properly and efficiently, it is essential that we work together with all partners across all borders“, Fons Leroy of VDAB announced.
Attract job seekers to the airport
With brand new offices looking out on the arrival hall of Brussels Airport, Aviato wants to get as close as possible to people that are looking for a job. VDAB and Actiris consultants ensure the daily reception of everyone who is interested in a career at the airport. Aviato also has a brand new website (www.aviato.be), a true source of inspiration for job seekers: currently they can consult more than 500 vacancies at Brussels Airport, as well as numerous tips for applying and a word of explanation on themes such as language proficiency or mobility.
“This cooperation between Actiris, VDAB and Aviato is a real opportunity for both the Brussels job seeker and the employers at the airport who are massively looking for qualified employees. In order to increase the employment opportunities of the Brussels job seeker, employers, regardless of whether they operate in Brussels, Flanders or Wallonia, enjoy a premium of € 15,900 if they wish to recruit Brussels residents,” Didier Gosuin, Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for Economy and Employment said.