On World Pilot’s Day, easyJet has announced the reopening of its Generation easyJet Pilot Training Programme for 2023. The airline aims to recruit approximately 200 cadets for the 2023 intake and train a total of 1,000 new pilots by 2027.
The programme is delivered in partnership with CAE, offering training to aspiring commercial airline pilots. Ground training is provided at CAE’s European aviation academy locations in Gatwick, Milan, Brussels, or Madrid, with flight training at CAE Phoenix in the US. Successful graduates commence their careers as Second Officers with easyJet.
Applications are now open for programmes beginning in December 2023 and graduating by 2026. As part of its commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity, easyJet encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds, with a particular focus on attracting more female pilots.
easyJet has demonstrated its support for CAE Women in Flight, offering one European candidate access to their first employment opportunity. CAE will fund and provide pilot training for the successful candidate at one of its aviation academies. The successful recipient will become a CAE Women in Flight ambassador, inspiring more girls and women to pursue a career in aviation.
Captain David Morgan, Chief Operating Officer for easyJet, said that the airline is committed to challenging gendered stereotypes and encouraging more women to choose a career as a pilot. With only around 6% of pilots worldwide being women, easyJet is dedicated to addressing this industry-wide gender imbalance by encouraging more women to join its cadet pilot programme.
The airline has recently partnered with the diversity in aviation youth organisation Fantasy Wings to offer young women and people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds greater opportunities in the aviation industry. easyJet is sponsoring places for students from 50 UK schools to join the Fantasy Wings aviation career development programme, which starts in October 2023.
Aspiring pilots interested in the Generation easyJet Pilot Training Programme must be aged 18 or over by the time they begin training and possess High School/Secondary School certificates in Maths, English, any Science, and two other subjects. No higher qualifications or degrees are required. To apply, visit becomeapilot.easyjet.com.