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BA announces biggest pilot recruitment drive for over a decade

PUBLISHED: 11:06 11 August 2011 | UPDATED: 14:10 10 October 2012

British Airways has launched its biggest pilot recruitment drive in more than 10 years. British Airways plans to take on more than 800 new pilots by 2016, its biggest pilot recruitment drive in 10 years. The company will implement three combined recruitment programmes: a new programme to help people to train to become airline pilots for the first time (called the 'Future Pilot Programme'); the recruitment of qualified pilots from other airlines; and a joint initiative with the UK Armed Forces to provide military pilots with a career path into commercial aviation.

British Airways has launched its biggest pilot recruitment drive in more than 10 years.

British Airways plans to take on more than 800 new pilots by 2016, its biggest pilot recruitment drive in 10 years. The company will implement three combined recruitment programmes: a new programme to help people to train to become airline pilots for the first time (called the ‘Future Pilot Programme’); the recruitment of qualified pilots from other airlines; and a joint initiative with the UK Armed Forces to provide military pilots with a career path into commercial aviation.

The British Airways Future Pilot Programme will help about 400 applicants to gain a place at an approved flight training school, with successful candidates landing a job as a British Airways pilot.

The programme will help students to secure funding to train which they can pay back later in their career.

Captain Robin Glover, head of pilot recruitment at British Airways, said: “The Future Pilot Programme is a fantastic opportunity for anyone from any background to realise 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.

“It is a really exciting time to join British Airways as we are giving our customers even more choice by adding new destinations to our network and introducing new aircraft to our fleet.

“No other airline in the UK offers the opportunities that British Airways does for developing a career as a pilot.”

Successful trainees will 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 (APL), with British Airways acting as guarantor.

The Future Pilot Programme is part of a wider pilot recruitment plan at British Airways. The airline is also taking on current commercial pilots and working with the UK Armed Forces to give military pilots a new career in commercial aviation, once their agreed service period has ended. View the BA recruitment video here: http://www.youtube.com/wat​ch?v=8YDisvgzzLo

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