Talent Development at RAC

Now established as a trusted Partner, Riyadh Airports Company (RAC) sought from daa International, the design, development and execution of Internal Developmental Programmes delivered by daa International Subject Matter Experts and Instructors to targeted RAC employees to enhance industry knowledge and build capability via delivery of onsite and international experiential learning solutions. 

Operations expert Declan Keane shares his knowledge with team members at Riyadh Airports

Challenges & Opportunities 

  • Design and development of the programmes aligned with client’s values and strategic objectives 
  • Working in partnership with internal client stakeholders to establish needs and customise programme content  
  • Provision of International site learning visits to live operational airports in Ireland with  >80years experience in the industry  
  • Development in partnership with leading Irish Management Institute certified academic learning solutions aligned with competency development requirements  
  • International mentoring programme, building international professional networks 
Riyadh Airports Team members attending Operations Excellent International Programme at Dublin Airport


  • RAC Future Leaders Programmes – 12-month programme featuring industry expert courses delivered in Riyadh and an extensive international component incorporating Dublin and Cork Airports and IMI. Targeted at new high potential graduates  
  • Operational Excellence Programmes – bespoke training and development programme for experienced airport professionals including visits to daa International airports. Targeted at Talent identified within operations  
  • Commercial Excellence Programme – fully customised programme aimed at diversifying revenue generating opportunities, leveraging international expertise and real time case studies, participant projects and international visits. Targeted at both commercial and non-commercial employees 
  • ADM Development Programme – currently under development  
Riyadh Airports team members attending classroom based learning module

Implementation Approach 

As our Clients training and development partner, daa International design, develop and deliver bespoke programmes to meet RAC’s L&D requirements  

  • All programmes are developed to international standards with specific learning objectives and programme evaluation 
  • All bespoke and customised aviation related content in each programme is developed and delivered by industry experts and qualified professionals with considerable and current aviation experience 
  • All programme content identification and design begin with exploratory client workshops and Training Needs Analysis to ensure final programme product meets learning needs of target audiences  
  • Wire frame programme structure and proposed content are shared with client for review and comment  
  • Pilots and programme elements are shared with clients Training & Development team and key stakeholders  
  • Support for assessment centre design and implementation is provided where applicable for specific programmes. (Identification of suitable candidates to attend programme)  
  • Technical Aviation Specific Assessments are developed based on relevant GACAR’s, Client programme specific manuals, SOPs and documentation and international regulatory standards 
  • Individual and team learning projects are designed to deliver business solutions.  
  • Online support and access to all programme content and additional resources are made available to all programme participants  
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