According to the Aviation Skills Network, the Professional Pilot Higher Apprenticeship (PPHA) is on track to be in place by the end of March 2013. A working group met on 24 January at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London and presented to the Programme Board Review Meeting on 7 February. The Government-backed National Apprenticeship Service project is being run by a consortium of Semta/People1st, The Aviation Skills Partnership and Pearson.
The PPHA aims to create a new career pathway for young people hoping to become a commercial pilot, by introducing an apprenticeship route to a pilot qualification, which will be equivalent to an Honours degree.
A statement from the Aviation Skills Network said, “We continue to receive excellent support from the CAA, airlines, FTOs and industry organisations. We are pleased to report that the Project to create a Level 6 Higher Apprenticeship and Honours Degree is on track for completion by the end of March 2013. We are expecting to be able to release interim details concerning the entry requirements, application process, funding availability and the careers advice and guidance towards the end of February 2013. We are targeting the full launch at the Professional Flight Training Exhibition (FLYER) at Heathrow Terminal 5, Sofitel on 20th April 2013.”