Alright so before you break out the pitch forks and torches, hear me out.
The Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA) is stating that it's offering job guarantees to their recent batches that will graduate from PTC. I myself was accepted into GAA and will start sometime late March. While there is nothing on paper that says there's a job guarantee, they assured me that there is, and from what I understood, it's not unconditional...you have to sit an interview.
I know that a job guarantee sounds a bit hard to believe, but it's not all bollocks, you can see some evidence for it.
this is from an online newspaper:
The company has signed training deals with the kingdom's two airlines, Bahrain Air and Gulf Air, as well as carriers and aviation companies in Sri Lanka and seven countries in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Also, it's been all over the local newspapers after the recent Bahrain Internationl Airshow that GAA and Qatar Airways signed an agreement to train 200 pilots. I can't find a link to that, but what do you guys think? Is that a contract to train existing Qatar Airways pilots, or to deliver new pilots?
And what do you think about the whole thing in general? Personally, I think it's legit.
BS, there's no Job guarantee, ask the GAA graduates who are currently sitting on the ground. Guys who just graduated are being asked for money to get their type ratings and then they may join GF. As for the QR deal, its probably to train the guys they'll be hiring, there's no indication that they will be training GAA graduates.
Having said that some GAA graduates were interviewed by QR and some have joined QR. But that was after they passed the selection process, some did not pass. There's NO job guarantee, its BS.
"Training Deals" does not mean deals to get GAA graduates into those airlines. It just means those airlines will use GAA facilities, probably to train their current pilots, how do equate that quote with the idea that GAA graduates will be offered employment with those airlines? You are trying to look at quotes and whats said in the paper and your hoping beyond hope that what they're talking about is a deal to place their graduates in those airlines, and that simply isn't true.
Wish I could tell you that you'll definitely get a job after you graduate from GAA but the truth is that there's no guarantee at all. Having said that it doesn't mean that you WON"T get a job, you can finish your training like the rest of us and then apply for an airline hiring fresh pilots and InshAllah you'll get in.
There are a lot of promises made and just ask the guys that finished before you. I don't know your situation or your deal with GAA, but don't be fooled and expect all promises to be fulfilled i.e. don't be naive. Look if you want to be a pilot then the GAA course in conjunction with Oxford, is a good course period. Anyone that graduates from Oxford is in a good position, its a good school. And yes maybe they (GAA) will help you get a job, InshAllah. But don't have your head in the clouds (no pun intended) and believe that everything will be taken care for you and don't EXPECT to be mollycoddled into a chushy job after you finish. Work your ass off and study hard, and try to be ahead of the curve, because there are many many boys who EXPECTED a lot and are now just sitting around doing nothing.
There is no such thing as a job guarantee, believe me. I experience this first hand. GAA already have SO many guys that graduated and are going to graduate from Oxford, tamkeen has already given over ATLEAST 80 Bahrainis a loan to complete training elsewhere (Jordan mainly, some in the UK, some in other places), and if you really know how Bahrain works, you would agree that the GAA guys will NOT be given priority over these other graduates, who are ALL Bahrainis.
GAA helped by giving almost 50 guys interviews with QR, disregarding whether they were GAA's "Oxford" Cadets, or Cadets from other flight schools around the world, and I personally know of 6 graduates from Jordan that are coming to QR and got accepted, and 5 graduates from Oxford, that did not get accepted. Where is this "Job guarantee"? Gulf Air has Cadets that joined in May of last year, who have done 14 sectors of flying so far and been doing no flying for the past 2 months, where are they going to find place for the current Oxford guys, the Jordanian guys, and now this whole new batch?
Think about it. If you come back and are guaranteed a job, will the other guys that graduated atleast 2 years before you sit quietly and allow this to happen?
I would personally do my training myself (assuming you can have someone to sponsor you), or take a loan from tamkeen, go somewhere like Stapleford, where training standards are extremely good, prices are reasonable, and you get what you pay for. Come back, and then do your job hunt.
My two cents. PM me if you have questions, I am happy to help as much as I can.
Walk away from any FTO that offers a "guaranteed" airline job at the end of your training. Securing an airline interview is a struggle on its own let alone guaranteed employment! No reputable FTO will ever use the 'G' word.
Also worth bearing in mind that GAA does not conduct any ab-initio flight training. All they do is broker the relationship between yourself and their chosen overseas FTO. In essence they're nothing more than middlemen.
^^ Correct, and its because of this "middle man" status that they've screwed a whole bunch of pilots. Because you have no say regarding your training with Oxford, you have to negotiate everything with GAA, so lets say something happens during training in Oxford where you are located you need to call up someone in Bahrain and hope that they understand the situation, and most likely they won't.
Don't waste your money with GAA, you can do everything GAA promises you for a fraction of the cost by yourself. Its not as though every Second Officer in every airline in the ME has come through GAA. Most have paid for their own training and have got in on their own merit. Don't let the fancy name and their status fool you, at the end of the day if circumstances change so will your chances of getting your guaranteed job.
just to clear things up, they're not doing Oxford anymore, it's PTC for the next 120 candidates (so far). And it's the PTC graduates who will get this, not the past graduates.
I don't know exactly this is linked to which airline (probably GF or Bahrain Air), but it's probably something similar to what Flybe has with PTC. It might not be unconditional, but from what I read in these forums (and you guys would know better than me) ANY advantage would make a huge difference, if they get me halfway through the door (hell, just let them open the door) and I'll carry myself in. Like you guys suggested, I'll do my absolute best during my study and even better on the interview.
No, I don't believe it's literally a "guarantee", that's just impossible, but I do believe that it's a definite advantage.
The original poster was commenting on his belief that GAA will stick to their word about a job "Guarantee", when there is in fact no guarantee, no one is saying that GAA cadets are all out on the streets, far from it, probably the majority are flying. But why does GAA promise things that simply are not true, there's no guarantee, they will just give you a little help in securing an interview since they are a well known training institute in the gulf. So why don't they just say "we will give you help with securing an interview at the end of your training" and not lie about a "guarantee".
IN GAA the pilot training program is for really cheap price NO basically its a special discount with special offer its for 52 000 BHD which is 132 000 USD !!
trust me even if they say which i am really sure there is no job guarantee but even if they say YES WE GIVE JOB GUARANTEE still i wont go for it !!
i can complete my PPL/IR/CPL/CFI/CFII/MEI PLUS i can do my type rating on A320 PLUSSSSSSS i can have my 500 hours of line training done from eagle jet plussssssssss it can cover all my expenses in USA plussssssss i can party all the life with this much money PLUSSSSSSSS i can do CRM PLUSS !!!!
i think still i will be left with some cash !! and this all i can do in 4 years max !! and enjoy as a student bachelor life !!
why the hell i will pay 132 000 USD in GAA for 1 and half year plus the hard training will give me some good stress u see !! and yea i forgot to include the accommodation or lets say living expenses in bahrain !! so lets say 150 000 USD is going no where !!
so its better to take 4 year option !! alot of guys i have seen who take stress while studying plus they wanna start there career fast !! guys live a nice calm life let everything go with the flow for the FCUK SAKE !!
its BD52000 including accomodations and a monthly salary of BD200, and it will be in PTC (Florida), not in Bahrain. Oh and its actually BD26000 since the Bahraini government is paying half the cost for the training, and half the type rating later on.
Like I said previously, this is the most resonable way (FOR ME) I can go to become a pilot.
oh and we're supposed to go sign the contract sometimes soon (next week probably), will keep you guys updated about the job guarantee if it's on paper, then I guess nobody can argue about it anymore.