Posted on: 06 June 2016 by Mark Howells
Driven by the success of the CTC WINGS Multi-crew Pilot Licence (MPL) in partnership with easyJet, the two companies plan to deliver a new, expanded initiative together – the ‘Generation easyJet Pilot Training Programme.’
The programme includes the aforementioned MPL pathway as well as two additional easyJet-focused training routes and is part of the carrier’s drive to source 400 newly qualified pilots in 2016.
Trainees studying for the CTC WINGS MPL in partnership with easyJet will be selected and mentored by easyJet from day one, embarking on a journey through CTC Aviation’s crew training centres in the UK, New Zealand and the US before being nominated to the role of co-pilot on Airbus A320 aircraft.
The second route, the CTC WINGS easyJet MPL Upgrade, is for those who perform to an excellent standard in selection but are initially not offered a place on the CTC WINGS MPL in partnership with easyJet.
These candidates will be invited to enrol on the CTC WINGS Integrated ATPL route, and, following completion of ground school, the highest performing trainees will be selected to upgrade and continue their training along the easyJet MPL route and move into easyJet operations as a co-pilot upon graduation.
The third route is the CTC WINGS easyJet Integrated ATPL. It’s designed for those who successfully complete selection and commence CTC WINGS Integrated ATPL training, but are not shortlisted to upgrade to MPL on completion of ground school, or do not hold the academic qualifications required for the MPL route.
Trainees on the CTC WINGS easyJet Integrated ATPL will continue on the route tailored to easyJet A320 aircraft and Standard Operating Procedures, before launching a career as an easyJet co-pilot on completion of type rating and line training for Airbus A320 aircraft.
Outstanding applicants will have the opportunity to apply for all or part of a training loan to be underwritten by the airline. In partnership with the British Women Pilots’ Association, easyJet will also underwrite a full training loan for six successful female candidates who are selected to join the MPL route as part of their ‘Amy Johnson Flying Initiative.'Philip Smallwood, head of pilot resource for easyJet, explained, “At easyJet we are focused on identifying the highest calibre of pilots and providing them with fantastic career opportunities. We offer our pilots a clear career path from their very first line flight, with the opportunity to progress from First Officer to Captain much quicker than other carriers.
“We are now also focused on investing in the training of more pilots than ever before to support our future growth,” Smallwood continued. “We have selected CTC Aviation to deliver the Generation easyJet Pilot Training Programme and we are confident that they will find the quality and quantity of pilots we require to maintain our position as Europe’s leading airline. This is a first-of-its-kind initiative at the leading edge of innovative pilot training and recruitment. We are excited to welcome the next generation of future easyJet co-pilots through the programme over the coming months.”