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Old 1st Feb 2024, 13:17
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Well done on being a final stager! Thanks for the info.
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Old 1st Feb 2024, 13:55
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Originally Posted by WanderingMinstrel
I was a final stager who received personalised feedback through a phone call at the start of January. They confirmed during the call that it would be reopening in April.
Coincidentally received an email today related to this. BA are launching a self funded Speedbird pathway, and those who made it to the final stage (and have the money) automatically qualify for it. They ended the email saying they understand this isnít reachable for everyone and they look forward to inviting applications for the regular Speedbird Academy in that case.
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Old 1st Feb 2024, 15:14
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Originally Posted by WanderingMinstrel
Coincidentally received an email today related to this. BA are launching a self funded Speedbird pathway, and those who made it to the final stage (and have the money) automatically qualify for it. They ended the email saying they understand this isnít reachable for everyone and they look forward to inviting applications for the regular Speedbird Academy in that case.
Hmm, interesting.

I got to the last stage beforehand and received the phone call, but no email about Speedbird pathway. Aside from this though, I applied to the Speedbird Academy ... because I can't afford to self fund, so it would be out of the question.
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Old 1st Feb 2024, 19:52
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Originally Posted by krankenhaus145
Hmm, interesting.

I got to the last stage beforehand and received the phone call, but no email about Speedbird pathway. Aside from this though, I applied to the Speedbird Academy ... because I can't afford to self fund, so it would be out of the question.
Yep, same sentiment. I donít know who would take them up on this offer.
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Old 1st Feb 2024, 20:25
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Originally Posted by WanderingMinstrel
Yep, same sentiment. I donít know who would take them up on this offer.
I have PM'd you, if that's ok.
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Old 2nd Feb 2024, 10:14
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I heard about that too, I think they want to reduce the numbers.
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Old 2nd Feb 2024, 10:15
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I thought initially they wanted to open it in March?
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Old 2nd Feb 2024, 13:05
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Originally Posted by WanderingMinstrel
Yep, same sentiment. I donít know who would take them up on this offer.
They will likely get plenty - who wouldn't try and do this, assuming their parents(?) could help.
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Old 2nd Feb 2024, 13:07
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Originally Posted by 4KBeta
They will likely get plenty - who wouldn't try and do this, assuming their parents(?) could help.
I suppose they'll get a few, but almost every single person I spoke to at the application process said the cost was an insurmountable barrier, and hence they're here. So, not sure now many they'll get. I did know a few people who dropped out at earlier stages who went straight on to easyJet self funded course though.
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Old 6th Feb 2024, 20:12
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Hello,
I would like to apply in the next session. Do you have to necessarily live in the UK to apply? Because in the Skyborne site it says that right to live and study for 6 months without sponsorship is ok. How should I prepare for the tests?
Also what do you think of the Wizzair Cadet Pilot Program and SIA cadet program? Anyone who has tried or has had experience in this?
Much appreciated.
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Old 7th Feb 2024, 04:17
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Originally Posted by MZ350
Hello,
I would like to apply in the next session. Do you have to necessarily live in the UK to apply? Because in the Skyborne site it says that right to live and study for 6 months without sponsorship is ok. How should I prepare for the tests?
Also what do you think of the Wizzair Cadet Pilot Program and SIA cadet program? Anyone who has tried or has had experience in this?
Much appreciated.
For BA, they have exclusively accepted UK citizens thus far. They do not explicitly state that they will not accept foreigners or individuals of non-white ethnicity, except for specific exceptional cases, such as non-white individuals with British citizenship. How did I come to know this? I submitted applications for two friends with identical responses: (1) White & UK citizen, and (2) non-white & non-UK citizen. Only the application from (1) was successful, while (2) was unsuccessful.

Furthermore, it's worth noting that in the photos of all applicants, the majority appear to be UK citizens, with nearly all being white.
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Old 7th Feb 2024, 10:06
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Originally Posted by cryptoknight
For BA, they have exclusively accepted UK citizens thus far. They do not explicitly state that they will not accept foreigners or individuals of non-white ethnicity, except for specific exceptional cases, such as non-white individuals with British citizenship. How did I come to know this? I submitted applications for two friends with identical responses: (1) White & UK citizen, and (2) non-white & non-UK citizen. Only the application from (1) was successful, while (2) was unsuccessful.

Furthermore, it's worth noting that in the photos of all applicants, the majority appear to be UK citizens, with nearly all being white.
You submitted a duplicate application, of course it was rejected, the system isnít stupid!

You seem to want to make a thing about ethnicity for some reason. The recruitment team will have no visibility of it on an individual basis. Itís just for data gathering purposes. Thatís recruitment 101 for anything larger than a chip shop and has been for years.

The UKís visa rules prohibit them from sponsoring cadets that do not have right to work in the UK, because the basic salary required for the visa is not met in the first year. If you donít like that then write to your MP, nothing BA can do about it. All explained in the live Q&As that have been run repeatedly to allow people to ask questions of the recruitment team.

Put the foil hat away.
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Old 7th Feb 2024, 11:05
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Originally Posted by VariablePitchP
You submitted a duplicate application, of course it was rejected, the system isn’t stupid!

You seem to want to make a thing about ethnicity for some reason. The recruitment team will have no visibility of it on an individual basis. It’s just for data gathering purposes. That’s recruitment 101 for anything larger than a chip shop and has been for years.

The UK’s visa rules prohibit them from sponsoring cadets that do not have right to work in the UK, because the basic salary required for the visa is not met in the first year. If you don’t like that then write to your MP, nothing BA can do about it. All explained in the live Q&As that have been run repeatedly to allow people to ask questions of the recruitment team.

Put the foil hat away.
Could you please clarify what you mean by a duplicated application? Each person submitted only one application, with distinct names and credentials, and these were completed from two separate location.

Many individuals have raised questions regarding this issue during live Q&A sessions. Repeatedly, the responses have indicated that only proof of the right to study is required. I have attended and recorded multiple sessions already and can share them with you if desired. Additionally, it's worth noting that the minimum salary requirement for a work visa is £27,000 per year. However, this should not pose an issue because my foreign friend already holds an investor visa, which essentially grants the right to work without requiring sponsorship from the airline.

So can you please explain what's happening there

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Old 8th Feb 2024, 12:15
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Originally Posted by cryptoknight
I submitted applications for two friends with identical responses
There is your duplicate application. Two identical sets of applications and you donít think their ATS can pick that up? Or you didnít submit two identical applications, as you said you did, and the better one got through.

The salary threshold starts to increase to £38,700 from April 2024. That is above the starting salary for a year 1 cadet on this scheme. Itís also very hard to justify sponsorship given that quite clearly there is overwhelming demand from people who already have the right to live and work in the UK.

Loads of applications, which means loads of people wonít get the job. Have to accept that at some point.
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Old 11th Feb 2024, 12:28
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Hey all,
Has there been any updates on when the BA Speedbird academy will reopen this year?
I heard it could be as early as April, but no solid info.
Maybe they will say more in the Pilot Careers Live

Many thanks,
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Old 13th Feb 2024, 01:18
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Originally Posted by dr.pitt
Hey all,
Has there been any updates on when the BA Speedbird academy will reopen this year?
I heard it could be as early as April, but no solid info.
Maybe they will say more in the Pilot Careers Live

Many thanks,
A previous poster said it would open in April.

The Pilot Careers Live would be a good place to get more info.
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Old 15th Feb 2024, 04:49
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My brother's brother in law's son got accepted in November and is starting soon. He started baggage handler at Glasgow then got a job with BA engineering at Glasgow and passed the selection in November. Maybe it helps if you already work for BA.
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Old 15th Feb 2024, 21:39
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Originally Posted by cryptoknight
I submitted applications for two friends with identical responses: (1) White & UK citizen, and (2) non-white & non-UK citizen. Only the application from (1) was successful, while (2) was unsuccessful.
It clearly states you need the right to live and work in the UK. There is your reaaon, nothing more

Furthermore, it's worth noting that in the photos of all applicants, the majority appear to be UK citizens, with nearly all being white.
I havent seen many photos but its probably a fair assumption that more white people, of UK origin applied versus other demographics. Does that make it more then just numbers? No.
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Old 15th Feb 2024, 21:57
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I was successful, focus on why you want to join BA, looking at the people who got in from the call we had, there is no preference on gender / ethnicity. Focus on why BA, your motivation, why you want to be a pilot, BA better world campaign etc as well as how you could improve as a person, saying too much is a good thing, personally I said what other people did well that I wished I could do as that was true. Be true to yourself and your performance. Good luck for those applying. Very competitive. I had imposter syndrome in both my in person interviews. Donít let that get that you down. Show your motivation. Youíll be fine. Ensure that you have researched everything about BA and its future goals. Good luck for those applying in April.
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Old 27th Feb 2024, 17:58
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Hi guys,

I was born outside of the UK and I have no idea what's the GSCs maths and/or physics contents. My home country has a rather good educational system when it comes to exact sciences, however, both subjects have never been my strong suit and I want to find a resource which will encompass all that is necessary to prepare for the initial and subsequent stages.

I know there are a lot of tests online but I'd be interested to know what you are using to revise and prepare. I am doubtful I will be successful (I also am kinda blind) but I would like to try in any event.
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