British Airways recruiting 800 pilots
Trainees will have assistance with inital flight trainign costs and British Airways will act as loan guarantor.
Ayinde O. Chase
London, United Kingdom
August 15, 2011 02:29 pm EDT
Economy, Business And Finance, Company Information, Education, Adult Education, Labor, Employment
British Airways has launched its biggest pilot recruitment drive in more than 10 years. Airline execs say they plan to hire 800 new pilots by 2016.
The “Future Pilot Program” is also a recruitment tool targeting qualified pilots from other airlines. It's a joint initiative with the United Kingdom Armed Forces to provide military pilots with a planned career path into commercial aviation.
People have been prevented or deterred from starting a career as an airline pilot due to the expensive initial private training costs that students had to fund themselves.
The British Airways program aids students in finding the tuition costs, which they can then pay back later.
Social media is also being employed to get the word out on the program. The airline is also using YouTube as a recruitment tool for the first time.
Capt. Robin Glover, head of BA's pilot recruitment, termed the program "a fantastic opportunity for anyone, from any background to realize their ambition of becoming a pilot and flying for British Airways."
"By removing the barrier of initial training costs and making it more accessible to a wider range of people, we hope to be able to attract the very best talent out there," Glover said.
Trainees will be able to attend one of three world-class flight training colleges in the UK and Spain, with the initial training fees covered by sponsor company Airline Placement Limited.
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