The BWPA are launching a new female pilot training scholarship in a bid to attract more women into the industry. In partnership with the international airline pilot training organisation, Airways Aviation, the scholarship will be officially launched at the Airline Pilot Careers Day on Saturday 14 October 2017. Those attending will be the first to hear about how aspiring female pilots could win £35,000 towards the price of a full-time EASA pilot training course.
Romy Howatt, Founder and Shareholder, Airways Aviation says: “Only 3% of the world’s pilots are women and the odds of having two female pilots flying in the cockpit at the same time are 300 to 1. We want to use this female-only scholarship as a starting point to lower those odds and help more women and girls see the world of possibility behind the cabin doors.
“We launched our global scholarship programme in February this year to help support those who want to consider becoming a pilot as a career, but cannot bear the financial cost. Since its launch we have had some outstanding applicants, although the vast majority of these have been male. We believe there is a host of talented women out there who, for whatever reason, have not considered a career as a pilot. We want to change that.”
The new scholarship is another progressive move by the training organisation in helping to create equal opportunities and reducing barriers to entering the pilot profession, both here in the UK and globally.
Hawatt continues: “With Boeing’s latest Pilot and Technician Outlook report predicting 617,000 pilots will be needed worldwide in the next 20 years, we are encouraging as many interested women as possible to attend our Airline Pilot Careers Day in Oxford on Saturday 14 th October, where they will get a chance to experience first-hand what it would be like to train towards the career of their dreams.”
The Careers Day has been specifically designed to give you an opportunity to:
· Tour the facility
· Meet current students
· Meet instructors and staff
· See the unique learning environment
· Understand which pathway is best for you
· Test your skills in the flight simulator
In addition, Airways Aviation Academy staff and representatives from the BWPA will be on hand to answer the questions you may have because they know the journey to becoming a professional pilot isn’t always straightforward. They will aim to help you understand:
· Which pathway is right for you, integrated or modular
· What funding options are available and how you can fund your dreams
· What your prospects are once you have completed your training
For further information about the Airways Aviation Careers Day and to register online, interested applicants should visit: https://info.airwaysaviation.com/uk-airline- pilot-careers- day/
The BWPA and Airways Aviation look forward to welcoming you.