Posted on: 13 December 2013 by Mark Howells
easyJet has entered a partnership with CTC Aviation and Middlesex University to launch the first ever airline-supported UK degree course specifically for pilots.
The BSc (Hons) degree in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (PAPP) is run within Middlesex University by the Institute of Work-based Learning.
This move means pilots can study towards a degree while undertaking their pilot training. The first two levels of the course are undertaken with CTC Aviation as part of the CTC Wings training programme and the third level is achieved with easyJet through the undertaking of type rating, line training and two modules of directed study while the pilots are flying for easyJet.
Training to become a pilot and completing a degree simultaneously also enables trainee pilots to access government funding for students to help finance their training and degree.
Carolyn McCall, chief executive of easyJet, commented, “I believe that it is absolutely vital to easyJet’s future that we have a pipeline of talented young pilots coming through which is why I am delighted we are now working in partnership with CTC Aviation and Middlesex University to offer a degree course for our pilots. This builds on the easyJet cadet programme which offers a clear career path for all pilots joining easyjet.
"CTC graduates join easyJet as co-pilots and once they have completed their first year with us they can then join easyJet as permanent employees. After flying for a further two years and reaching 2,500 hours with easyJet they then become Senior First Officers. From that stage the aim is to achieve their command and become Captains.
"With easyJet’s continued planned growth the time taken from First Officer to Captain is likely to be quicker than at other airlines,” McCall noted. “Beyond that there are further opportunities for pilots to develop their career whether that is into a training or management role.
"What this means is that those pilots joining easyJet now could well be looking at achieving their command within six years. All our pilots will be flying on a modern fleet of aircraft, with industry leading punctuality, high quality training and an unrivalled European network. By offering a clear career path for pilots with faster promotion opportunities, pilots joining easyJet can be confident of a long and successful career,” McCall concluded.