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Increasing diversity among pilots

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Only 7% of pilots in the UK are from BAME backgrounds and 4% are women.

One of the biggest problems facing the aviation industry is a lack of diversity among pilots. With pilot training costing an eye-watering £100,000, limited support and systemic barriers make it difficult for underrepresented groups to access these opportunities. 

That’s where Fantasy Wings comes in. Open to students aged 13 and above, the programme is designed to support aspiring pilots’ personal development and career growth by providing mentoring, training and a professional network at an affordable cost. What’s more, Fantasy Wings annually sponsors 50 free flight trials and three students will receive sponsorship for a Private Pilot License.

Commercial airlines are also creating more opportunities for people from minority groups to get their wings…

British Airways

Back in July, British Airways announced the launch of their new pilot cadet scheme, Speedbird Pilot Academy, which will fund up to 60 places per year at an approved flight training school. Every cadet who passes is guaranteed a job at the airline, earning a starting salary of £34,000 per year.

Whilst applications for 2024 have closed, you can prepare for next year’s intake by ensuring you have six GCSEs (or equivalent) at Grade A-C or 5-9, including English, Maths and one of the Sciences.

TUI

Do you want to help people “Live Happy”? Now in its second year, applications for TUI’s 19-month MPL Cadet Programme reopen on Monday 8th January 2024 for candidates with great communication and leadership skills, the ability to remain calm under pressure and motivation to learn. 

The programme covers training costs, licence and exam fees, accommodation for certain phases and all required uniform and equipment. A job flying the Boeing 737 is also yours after graduation.

Aer Lingus

Slightly further afield (and requiring the right to work in the EU/Ireland), Aer Lingus recently reopened its sponsored Future Pilot Training Programme following a four-year hiatus. 18 recruits have been selected for the 2024 cohort and we can expect that a similar amount of spaces will be available for 2025. Watch this space.

Register your interest for the 2024 Fantasy Wing aviation programme now.

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