Symbiotics partner OxfordSaudia providing assessments in Saudi Arabia

Elizabeth Grew | 08.10.2019

Symbiotics and Oxford Saudia have announced a new partnership for the selection and assessment of candidates for ab-initio pilot training at the new Oxford Saudia CAE Authorised Training Centre. Symbiotics’ online assessments will provide key assistance with the initial recruitment phase, identifying those candidates who are most suited to, and likely to succeed in the Pilot training pipeline.

Captain Larry Wade, Chief Executive Officer at Oxford Saudia, said: "OxfordSaudia has recently begun using Symbiotics' ADAPT process to screen pilots for its flight program that culminates in an A320 Type Rating. We wanted a screening program that would remove subjectivity from our selection process and give our managers confidence in the selection of our pilots. Working with the Symbiotics’ team of professionals has been a smooth process and they continue to support our staff with a quality service. They present the results in a clear and easy to understand way allowing us to make decisions quickly and efficiently. The comprehensive set of exams allow for a full understanding of the potential of each candidate."

Following this initial sift, Symbiotics will also provide on-site assessors. Symbiotics Psychologists will conduct stage three of the assessment process at OxfordSaudia training centre in Dammam. This includes the observation, analysis and feedback of group exercises, as well as providing interview expertise to ensure the high quality and suitability of the candidates selected for ab-initio training.

With the first batches of assessments having taken place during the summer and continuing towards the end of the year, Karen Moore, MD for Symbiotics comments: "We are delighted to be able to support OxfordSaudia in their new training centre and I am pleased that they see the added value our Psychologists can provide on-site at the assessment centres. We hope that this is the beginning of a positive relationship that will help OxfordSaudia select the best candidates for their ab-initio training."

Symbiotics will be exhibiting at EATS 2019, at the Estrel Hotel in Berlin on 29th and 30th October.