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Old 30th Oct 2012, 14:09   #1 (permalink)
 
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British Airways Future Pilot Programme.

Just thought I'd share this ....

Via the 'British Airways page' (Facebook ):
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Do you dream of flying for British Airways? If you have any questions about what it takes to join our Future Pilot Programme then this is your opportunity.

On the 1st of Novemeber, Captain Robin Glover and Lindsay Craig, our Pilot Recruitment Manager, will be answering your questions about the programme live on t.w.i.t.t.e.r between 1 - 1:30 GMT

To ask your question t.w.e.e.t us @british_airways with #BApilot on Thursday the 1st of November.
Would such a publicity-generating action direct from British Airways suggest that a second run of the programme is on the horizon? I for one, am hoping so...

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Old 30th Oct 2012, 15:07   #2 (permalink)
 
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I would think so, CTC said BA plan to restart FPP before the end of the year. Either way, I will be applying.
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Old 30th Oct 2012, 15:10   #3 (permalink)
 
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An excellent scheme for what is still one of the world's best pilot employers, and it can fast forward you career by 20 years for the successful few.
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Old 30th Oct 2012, 15:11   #4 (permalink)
 
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Probably a long shot - but does anyone know roughly, how many total applicants vs successful applicants there was last time around?
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Old 30th Oct 2012, 15:12   #5 (permalink)
 
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Apparently there were 95 successful candidates and more than 1000 applied on the first day...
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Old 30th Oct 2012, 16:14   #6 (permalink)
 
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Think I may also apply for this one (if run again), good on BA .
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Old 30th Oct 2012, 16:15   #7 (permalink)
 
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6,500 applications in total (though probably half of which never stood a genuine chance)

The press releases at the time said that, as a result, only around the top 3% were successful
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Old 30th Oct 2012, 16:40   #8 (permalink)
 
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Thanks for the replies

3% is tough going, though not unexpected.

Well done to all who were successful.
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Old 30th Oct 2012, 17:16   #9 (permalink)
 
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What where the requirements last time around??

Age and everything

Do they accepted other nationalities??

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Old 30th Oct 2012, 23:56   #10 (permalink)
 
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What where the requirements last time around??

Age and everything

Do they accepted other nationalities??
Let me google that for you
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Old 31st Oct 2012, 09:05   #11 (permalink)
 
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Yes they do (did?) accept international applications, subject to the appropriate level of English.

Not sure what the international qualification requirements are though, but for UK applicants it was 3 x A-Levels @ BBC, 5 x GCSE passes incl Maths & Engish @ B, or a 2:1 degree.

But that was last time around...no idea what it will be this time!
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Old 31st Oct 2012, 13:22   #12 (permalink)
 
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Having received 6,500 applications last time, I can not imagine the entry requirements will be any lower than last time. Possibly make the requirements higher to help cut down on applications?

Although I expect that they will keep them the same to keep them fair - I would be annoyed if someone with A level BBC got onto the scheme last year, and then someone with the same grades couldn't even interview this year.
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Old 31st Oct 2012, 13:38   #13 (permalink)
 
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They are going to have a spelling test on this intake.
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Old 31st Oct 2012, 14:00   #14 (permalink)
 
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Rooles you out then MJ
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Old 31st Oct 2012, 14:21   #15 (permalink)


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What flight qualifications do you need? Or is it a full scholarship?
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Old 31st Oct 2012, 15:51   #16 (permalink)
 
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No flying experience required whatsoever, the course is the usual fully integrated courses run by OAA, CTC or FTE Jerez (though, again, this is what it was last time, no indication definitively on which flight school until it opens again).

Having said that, it would be interesting to see how people justified an interest in a career in aviation and flying at interview if they didn't have even a few flying hours under their belt...
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Old 31st Oct 2012, 16:08   #17 (permalink)
 
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Age

Am I right in saying that if the course opened this year that you would had to have been at least 18 in February of this year to apply?
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Old 31st Oct 2012, 18:35   #18 (permalink)
 
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Not sure what the international qualification requirements are though, but for UK applicants it was 3 x A-Levels @ BBC, 5 x GCSE passes incl Maths & Engish @ B, or a 2:1 degree.
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Although I expect that they will keep them the same to keep them fair - I would be annoyed if someone with A level BBC got onto the scheme last year, and then someone with the same grades couldn't even interview this year.
Don't get hung up on the minimums. I can guarantee you that last year's intake was incredibly strong and I would be very surprised if anybody who was flirting with the minimums got very far.

Remember, this is an incredibly competitive program and you must accept that for every person who has just met the minimum requirements and can demonstrate motivation, there will be someone else who has far exceeded the minimum requirements and can do the same.

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Old 31st Oct 2012, 19:08   #19 (permalink)
 
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@ Berksflyer

In a normal recruitment process your argument would stand fair.

However, remember that BA are an airline and therefore not looking for uber qualified nerds, but future captains. Does a first or straight A's a good captain make? I would personally argue not, far more weight will be placed on the aptitude tests and a person's experience, otherwise the minimum requirements would be far more stringent in the first place to save them wasting time.

Only my opinion of course, which has no bearing on the BA recruiters!
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Old 31st Oct 2012, 20:13   #20 (permalink)
 
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I wouldn't get too hung up over the educational requirements, they want to see that you can prove your motivation by demonstrating the traits they look for by having some life experiences. Yes, aim for good grades but they aren't looking for "overqualified nerds", as Libertine Winno put it.
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