In 2018 EasyJet will recruit 460 new pilots to meet record demands for the airline for a third consecutive year, as its European network continues to grow. Opportunities range from cadet pilots starting their career to experienced co-pilots and captains from other airlines and the military.
EasyJet have a particular focus on attracting female pilots and candidates through its Amy Johnson Initiative, which it launched in 2015. The Initiative has been linked with growth in new entrant female pilot numbers at easyJet from 6% (2015) to 13% (2017). EasyJet has set a target for 20% of new pilots joining the airline to be women by 2020.
EasyJet say that it’s research found that positive childhood role models, like TV and movie stars, family members, and meetings with real pilots, were vital to inspiring young people to consider the career and so the airline is continuing its campaign to increase the visibility of pilots outside of airports.
In the three years since launching the Amy Johnson Flying initiative easyJet pilots have visited more than 150 schools and colleges to promote the programme.
EasyJet training partner L3 say that they are offering two routes to becoming an easyJet pilot with L3 Airline Academy:
1. easyJet MPL Successful enrolment onto the Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) route means that the cadet is selected and mentored by easyJet from day 1.
2. easyJet Integrated ATPL Cadets who pass selection and enrol onto L3 Airline Academy’s Integrated ATPL Program could be given the opportunity to take a specific easyJet-focused route, subject to approval by EasyJet.
Meantime, CAE announced that while maintaining the option to follow ground school classes in Oxford, UK, CAE will open, for the first time, Generation easyJet ground school classes in its Brussels, Belgium and Madrid, Spain aviation academy locations. Flight training phases will continue to be served from Phoenix (Arizona), USA and Oxford, UK. Selected cadets will follow one of two training routes: either Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) or Integrated Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). Upon completion of training, the next generation of pilots will join operations as easyJet co-pilots.
“We are delighted to open our Generation EasyJet Pilot Training Programme once again. EasyJet values diversity and having a workforce that reflects our customer base, so we look forward to welcoming the next generation of aspiring pilots from across Europe to apply and pursue this rewarding career,”: David Morgan, Director of Flight Operations for EasyJet.
“At EasyJet, we pride ourselves in having a team of the highest talent. We offer our pilots a clear career path with the opportunity to develop from First Officer to Captain quicker than at other airlines. This is an exciting time to join EasyJet as we continue to grow and develop to maintain our position as Europe’s leading airline.”