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But it is so demeaning that the likes of Vince Cable think that pilots and lawyers are cut from the same crooked cloth. But then he is himself an educated man prone to intellectual distortion and false glide paths.
"It cannot be right that only 4% of women are registered commercial pilots"
It is a simple fact that most pilots are plane geeks, and most plane geeks are men! Most nurses, social workers and primary school teachers are women, because women are caring and nurturing by nature. Is that wrong as well?!
Equality does not mean that every job in every walk of like must be represented 50/50. Where does it stop? "Your company must be made up 50/50 of women, ehtnic minorities, the over 50's..." All equality means is that people should not be discriminated against because of their age, sex, or race, and as far as I can tell the airlines do not operate a 'no women' policy!
The only real discrimination in the airline industry today, therefore is that it is elitist. Essentially, if you don't have access to about £90k to train, then you are going to struggle.
If Vince and his MP cronies actually did care about young people, they would make funding more readily available to train or make it more financially viable to offset costs at an early stage via tax breaks. Of course, the chances of that are about as likely as people understanding what 'equality'is really about...
Report from the BBC today (22Jun12) of plans for pilot apprenticeships. Great idea, but not sure where the statistics come from saying there are pilot shortages and airlines need to recruit over 90,000 pilots! Am I missing something?
I don't think the point regarding female pilots should have anything to do with this scheme. Is the idea of the scheme to give the opportunity of commercial flying to those who cannot afford to privately fund the training? If so, how is this anything to do with the gender disparity? If not, does it mean that the apprenticeships will be available only to women?
Also, I don't believe any FTO charges women higher fees than men or discourages women from flying so surely the reason for only 4% of commercial pilots being women is because more men want the job than women do!
They won't change it and won;t publish a new report.
The same report will keep getting reused through different organisations like it did with the IACO training conference. And more youngster will get suckered into parting with cash with a small liekly hood of ever breaking even on the investment.
Those Boeing figures don't take into account current airframe retirement either.
Just goes to show how clueless politicians can be that they believe this shortage rubbish.
Either way, what do they mean by apprenticeship? They surely don't mean that they are re-writing the rule book and coming up with a new way of training. In which case they must just be talking about sponsoring some individuals along the well-trodden path, probably at the usual FTOs. And once those individuals finish they would surely find themselves unemployed like most trainees at the moment.
BA have their FPP so the only reason I see them being interested (the article claims they are) is to either win some brownie points or to try and reduce their cost of gaining pilots - which is all but nothing at the moment anyway seeing as they don't do sponsorship.
You're all making too much of the 4% women comment. I doubt that is the driving force behind the scheme. A steering group is the driving force. I'll bet the politician was merely asked by BBC to comment and he picked the diversity red herring while ignoring the real importance of the apprenticeship. It would be illegal to discriminate against men in a City and Guilds Apprenticeship, so 96% of this money will be for blokes.
Do C&G Apprenticeships incur VAT? I doubt it because they should be treated the same as university degrees since C&G is not for profit. The more cadets on the scheme, the more funding there will be through the VAT savings. Give £1,000 to 217 cadets and let them all save VAT. If the VAT were £10K, then it is another £2.17 million wannabes don't have to fund. The VAT might be even more, but each FTO is different since not all training is UK based.
This is very exciting especially if it will be available. After passing selection for 2 of the leading flight schools only to be scuppered by finances I would jump all over this if available. Does anyone have any other info on this as yet? Many thanks.