A New Higher Apprenticeship for Trainee Airline Pilots

Widening access for a new generation

In a first for the aviation industry, a new Higher Apprenticeship and innovative skills framework will give professional status to trainee airline pilots, meaning a new generation of would-be pilots may now be eligible to fund their training through Government loan and grant support – and, for many, the significant financial barriers to becoming a pilot will be reduced.

The Higher Apprenticeship in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice has been led by the Aviation Skills Partnership (ASP) with the CAA; the Royal Aeronautical Society; the Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators; and others working in close collaboration with airlines and flight training organisations such as CAE/Oxford Aviation Academy; CTC; and Flying Time Aviation - who will deliver the work based elements of the training.

Ray Elgy, Head of Licensing and Training Standards at the CAA, said:

“This apprenticeship programme will greatly benefit the aviation industry in both the long and short term. Airlines will be able to draw upon a new generation of talent to fill future flight decks, while a broader recruitment pool will add a diversity of background and experience to their operations, which can only be a positive.

The CAA is proud to have been part of the initiative behind this scheme and looks forward to issuing licences to the first graduates.”

For more information visit aviationskillspartnership.com