British Airways has announced the fourth phase of its Future Pilot Programme (FPP), a pilot training scheme which aims to bring 800 pilots to the airline by 2016. The scheme has received some 4,500 applicants each year for less than 100 places. This year a further 100 new pilots will be selected and trained for BA through the Future Pilot Programme.
All the role requirements and details of how to apply for the British Airways Future Pilot Programme 2015 can be found here. The application window will open on Monday 23 February and close on Sunday 8 March at 23:59.
If you’ve got what it takes, British Airways’s flagship Future Pilot Programme is an opportunity to fast-track to a job with the prestigious airline. It provides future airline pilots with a bespoke British Airways programme for first time pilots leading to a career as a First Officer with BA. British Airways Manager Pilot Recruitment Lindsay Craig explained, “We really want passionate individuals who can understand BA’s commitment to our customers and show us the skills and abilities that we as an airline pride ourselves on. We’re looking for people with limited or no flying time, but huge levels of motivation and enthusiasm and excellent communication skills. Once accepted, the training will then bring them up to the point where they can be flying as a first officer on our fleet. There’s no worries about securing that first flying job.”
Cadets are given the choice of carrying out their training with one of three Approved Training Organisations (ATOs): CTC Aviation, CAE Oxford Aviation Academy or FTEJerez.
To ensure that the very best talent is selected for training, BA will, where required, provide the necessary guarantee to enable successful applicants to secure the required funding. While a security bond of £84,000 is required, once it’s paid and the cadet graduates, BA will pay back this bond over the pilot’s career as a First Officer with the airline. Should students not be able to raise this bond, BA will act as a guarantor to secure a loan with Spanish bank BBVA. All management of financing is overseen by Airline Placement Ltd (APL), a subsidiary of the CTC Group.