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As Paul said am also worried about fte helping you with interviews and finding a job, really want to join fte but this is the one thing putting me, if they improved and got better reviews on this one thing I would certainly join fte straight away
A few years back, I enjoyed a one day assessment with thomas co?k and FTE Jerez. I was absolutely promised that after the assessment I would be out in one of three piles. You're in on the TCX scheme, you're in, but not under the scheme, or you're not up to being a pilot. Well none happened. The smoking dragon that promised all of the above started her speech by saying that there were no smoke and mirrors. Which meant there was. So, for me fte have proven to be liars. But to be fair, I'd rather not be hanging my future on TCX as they won't be around in 18 months time. So go into FTE Jerez! Enjoy!
I went to FTE a while back to tour the school to see what's what. I believe before they had the usual CPL/MEIR +MCC for around £85,000. Now with this "new" course, the First Officer course, they are giving you all above with JOC and interview/CV prep for around £86,000. Am I missing something here?
No flight school, or airline course for that matter, will guarentee you a job. Some FTOs offer a sort of work experience scheme for 6 to 8 months with a partner carrier. Those carriers only use them due to cheap labour and partially offset TR costs. If you are lucky, you might be kept on.
If you were expecting to be placed, found a job, with a UK airline you can expect a long wait. Schools can't create jobs or predict the future. Neither can airlines. China and the ME are looking, and will be increasingly so. Hopefully they will start to get involved in FTOs in Europe when they realise a need for well trained ab-initio pilots.
Timing is everything in this game sadly. I had a very long wait after finishing in 1992. But I stuck at it, and got a job. All came good in 1996 when I landed a job with one of the big boys of the time! So there you go. No school even offered to help with a CV then ( not in real terms).
The amount of utter nonsense on this forum is astounding. Everyone coming chiming in with a load of made up stuff claiming it as fact. The poster above me claims that some airlines will take you from a flight school on a 6-8 month training deal, but none will give you a job? How do you explain the guys from CTC who got a permanent job with Qatar? Edit: Thought I better explain that I am well aware that this is not even a guarantee, but still it's not a work experience deal. It's all about luck at that time you come out of training as long as you put in the hard work. Anything can happen, but don't come in here saying there are definitely no jobs.
If I was someone reading this forum, looking for advice I really wouldn't bother taking most of it. Everyone is here to talk you out of doing what you want to do.
Last edited by PrestonPilot; 15th Jul 2012 at 12:18.
I agree with a good deal of what preston pilot has to say. If this is your dream you should go for it and dont be talked out of it.
However i do strongly believe the FTOs should be trying harder to help their students and not just to dismiss them as soon as their 100,000 euro has been cleared.FTE seem very good at this.
However i am aware of the market and that jobs are scarce so it is vital to take your chance should one arise. Most vital is to get very good first time pass marks and come out of whatever FTO with the best possible C.V.
FTE has 3 people working full time to find jobs for their graduates....move yourself from the sofa, go to FTE, talk to any student there, walk around and see it for yourself. Ah and i forgot...please note that when you go to the campus you can really talk to any students or person you like, unlike some other ftos where only "selected students" are allowed to talk to you
paulslats: you can probably get a train from Málaga to Jerez although it will take a while and you will have to change, probably in Sevilla. Renfe should be able to tell you the train times, with any luck there will hopefully be an AVE (a fast Spanish train)
thanks for the help average punter. the flight out of jerez is nt until after 9pm so i would miss all connecting flights to Ireland from Stansted and have to stay overnight in london.no biggy, just thought irish people past or present at FTE might of had an easier option.
I believe that the latest six Flybe MPL students have just about finished their training at FTE, and will be starting their Type Rating training at Exeter in October. At the same time, six students from the Course ahead completed their training, and will soon be heading off to various airlines...
anyone used any of the pilapt prep on the internet before doing their assessment at FTE?? all and any help would be greatly appreciated.and can any1 remember which tests they use for their pilapt, i know different schools use different tests.