Republic Airways and OSU team up to combat pilot shortage

tRepublic Airways Holdings has signed a career pipeline interview agreement with Ohio State University (OSU) to increase Republic’s access to qualified applicants for pilot jobs and increase employment opportunities for Ohio State graduates.
The agreement allows aviation students to undergo an interview with Republic Airways before they graduate. If they meet all qualifications and receive a conditional offer of employment, pilots will receive a US$7,500 signing bonus upon accepting the job.The carrier now has career pipeline interview agreements with 16 aviation universities across the US including Purdue University, Vincennes University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach and University of North Dakota. Since beginning the pipeline agreement programme in late 2015, Republic has offered more than 100 conditional offers of employment to flight students who are building flight time.
“These partnerships are crucial for our company in combatting the serious pilot shortage,” remarked Lauren McNamara, college relations consultant for Republic. “Current students and parents of incoming college students are encouraged by these opportunities.”
“The pipeline agreement we’ve signed with Republic Airways brings Ohio State students and alumni great benefits: a defined path to a leading regional carrier while they are engaged in flight training, the provision of mentorship opportunities and the potential opportunity to live in-base without having to move out of Columbus,” commented Martin Rottler, airline bridge programme coordinator for OSU’s Center for Aviation Studies.

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