easyJet launches new initiative to increase recruitment of female pilots

easyJet has launched a new initiative to increase the proportion of new entrant easyJet pilots who are female.

Part of a new strategy to encourage the development of female pilots at all ranks and positions, the airline says the initiative will widen the pipeline of women who enter the pilot community.

Just over 5% of easyJet’s 2,500 pilots are female – in line with the industry as a whole. Currently women make up 6% of easyJet’s new pilot intake. The airline plans to double the proportion of female new entrants to 12% over two years. This is the first phase of its long term strategy to increase the proportion of female pilots at the airline. According to the airline, the strategy will double the proportion of new entrant pilots who are female over two years‎.

easyJet plans to highlight the opportunities of pilot careers to female audiences such as school groups and other youth organisations, building on the work easyJet already does in mentoring young women, as well as work in partnership with organisations which promote female take-up of STEM (science, engineering, technology and maths) subjects. The airline will also be offering ten places  for women each year on the easyJet pilot training programme with the around £100,000 training loan underwritten by easyJet.

Brian Tyrrell, head of flight operations at easyJet, said, “At easyJet we value diversity and we believe that having a workforce which better reflects our customers will help support our future success. We have made sustained progress in our senior management and M&A (management and administration) communities in recent years but we recognise that the proportion of our pilots who are female is too low, as it is across the industry as a whole.

|A career as a pilot is interesting and rewarding and we want more women to bring their skills to the role. Our initial focus will be to increase the pipeline of female pilots, including by talking to young women who may not have considered it as a career. This is a long term strategy, which we hope will eventually lead to easyJet recruiting, retaining and developing many more female pilots.”

Pauline Vahey, chair of the British Women Pilots Association explained, “We’re delighted to partner with easyJet in this ground-breaking initiative.  It aligns perfectly with the first aim of the BWPA to actively promote and encourage women into flying careers in the aviation industry. This initiative demonstrates that easyJet is a pioneer in the industry, not unlike the early women pioneers in aviation who founded the BWPA sixty years ago this year.

“We believe it will not only benefit easyJet and the women who participate but also the industry in general.”

A representative from easyJet will be presenting at Pilot Careers Live London on 7 November at the Sofitel Hotel, T5 London Heathrow. Tickets are still available, book yours now!

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