Why this flight attendant became an entrepreneur and started an aviation and hospitality institute

Founded in 2015 by former flight attendant Piyalee Chatterjee Ghosh, Fledge Institute of Aviation and Hospitality offers courses like Aviation and Hospitality, Pilot Training, Hotel Management, Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, and Event Management, across 11 centres in India.
In 2005, Piyalee Chatterjee Ghosh landed her dream job as a flight attendant. Her only plan then was to ace her job and seek promotions in international airlines. Entrepreneurship was not on her mind until she became part of the training department and identified a gap between industry requirements of the aviation and hospitality sectors, and the education system.
“As a trainer, I felt that the existing education system does not provide all-round skills and knowledge needed for the industry. Many newcomers did not know the basics and history of aviation and geography,” she tells HerStory. After working in the industry for a decade, Piyalee started Fledge Institute of Aviation and Hospitality in 2015. The idea, she says, is not to merely help students pass interview rounds but to equip them with skills to sustain in the long term.
Piyalee and her team underwent the government’s Skill India Mission training for the aviation and aerospace sector. Based in Bengaluru, the institute has trained more than 3,000 students in service sector courses like aviation and hospitality, pilot training, hotel management, aircraft maintenance engineering, and event management. The courses are priced between Rs 20,000 and Rs 1,85,000.
It has partnered with several flying clubs in South Africa and the US for pilot training and TATA TISS to fine-tune its hotel management studies. The entrepreneur claims that all the courses are internationally recognised through the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and Dubai Accreditation Centre (DAC).
02/10/20 Tenzin Norzom/Your Story

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