easyJet has reopened its graduate scheme, ‘Runway’, to fast-track university graduates into vital aviation roles.
The initiative, resuming in 2023 after a three-year pandemic-induced hiatus, is designed to address the aviation industry’s need for “1.3 million new professionals” over the next decade.
The Runway initiative offers programmes in engineering, finance, and management, aiming to recruit a diverse range of young individuals. The engineering and management programmes last two years, while the finance programme extends over three years. New applications are now open for placements starting in September 2024.
The 2023 cohort saw 16 graduates join the programme, and easyJet is now seeking more applicants for 2024. The scheme not only focuses on producing future leaders but also highlights the diversity of roles at the airline beyond frontline operations.
Candidates for the engineering programme are required to have a relevant degree. In contrast, the finance and management streams accept graduates from a variety of fields, including Modern Languages, Art History, and Politics, from universities such as Exeter, Birmingham, and Manchester.
Participants will undergo a comprehensive four-week induction, followed by rotations through various roles in their chosen career path. The programme embodies easyJet’s ‘orange spirit’ ethos, encouraging a hands-on approach and providing insights into the company’s culture and values.
Jane Storm, Group People Director at easyJet, expressed excitement over the programme’s relaunch. “As well as getting a hands-on experience of different roles with the organisation, the students will also receive mentoring, coaching and training workshops – partnered with the chance to work across teams with senior stakeholders, giving them a true first-hand experience living the orange spirit here at easyJet.”
Sam Screpis, Head of Learning, Talent Development & Engagement at easyJet, highlighted the opportunity for candidates to engage deeply with the company’s operations and interact with senior business leaders.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for all successful candidates to get stuck in and experience the innermost workings of easyJet.
“We are looking forward to welcoming candidates to Hanger 89, our corporate HQ at Luton Airport whereby they will have access to the most senior people within our business – giving them the chance to flourish and contribute to the business along with support from peers and mentors.”
easyJet’s Runway Management Programme, along with its Engineering & Finance programmes, operates annually. Applications for new candidates are open until mid to late January 2024, with further details available on the easyJet website.