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Old 10th Aug 2015, 20:19
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I think you'll find the pilot apprentice scheme is for those already with a CPL/IR, many of whom have spent 100k+ at Oxford, so not exactly a scheme for poor 18 year olds! It's not a bad scheme overall though - in exchange for 18 months in the office or crew room, and 18 months on the line on the paltry second officers salary, they get the type rating paid for and a permanent UK job.

I agree though that it's encouraging that they are recruiting NTR crews and are prepared to cover the type rating. They've clearly realised there's no other way to recruit the experienced crews they need given their expansion plans and difficulty retaining the crews they already have!
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Old 10th Aug 2015, 20:29
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Mr Good Cat - really?! An open ended 50% salary, no duty pay during simulator training, a 'Training Agreement' for the type-rating...yep, 'paying for it' indeed! Wake up man! Read your one-sided contract VERY carefully!

Petworth is spot on, in view of present retention and no interest from type-rated, NTR pilots is all they can attract, end of!
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Old 10th Aug 2015, 20:39
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It's encouraging that Jet2 are funding the TR upfront as opposed to asking you to raid your savings, true. It's also good for new guys / girls fresh out of school. The Pilot Apprentice Scheme is great for those looking for a leg up into a first flying job. They get decent exposure to various areas of the business with many ending up on a TR course sooner than expected. I've had the pleasure of meeting a number of them that have come through my base, some of which have recently appeared on in the crewroom as operating crew and I couldn't be happier for them. Regardless of the company's motives for using such a scheme, it's good for those that get onto it, especially at a time when bums on seats are urgently required!

As for experienced NTR joiners, from what I've seen and experienced, it's a pleasant place to work day to day, especially if you live not too far from your base. The company has some very serious soul searching to do if it hopes to attract and retain people IMHO but thats another matter and something that has already been discussed at length on this thread. All I can recommend is join with your eyes wide open and don't fall for the sales pitch. But then that can be said of many jobs I suppose.
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Old 10th Aug 2015, 20:45
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Originally Posted by JB007 View Post
Mr Good Cat - really?! An open ended 50% salary, no duty pay during simulator training, a 'Training Agreement' for the type-rating...yep, 'paying for it' indeed! Wake up man! Read your one-sided contract VERY carefully!

Petworth is spot on, in view of present retention and no interest from type-rated, NTR pilots is all they can attract, end of!
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Old 10th Aug 2015, 20:46
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Originally Posted by JB007 View Post
Mr Good Cat - really?! An open ended 50% salary, no duty pay during simulator training, a 'Training Agreement' for the type-rating...yep, 'paying for it' indeed! Wake up man! Read your one-sided contract VERY carefully!

Petworth is spot on, in view of present retention and no interest from type-rated, NTR pilots is all they can attract, end of!
It's not an open ended 50% salary. You're as bad as Gorter chuffing on about things you don't know anything about anymore.

Anyone would think you've got an agenda...
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Old 10th Aug 2015, 21:01
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Old 10th Aug 2015, 21:01
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Originally Posted by Chesty Morgan View Post
It's not an open ended 50% salary. You're as bad as Gorter chuffing on about things you don't know anything about anymore.

Anyone would think you've got an agenda...
Anytime at all on 50% salary is a big issue for many prospective joiners. Lets be honest, it's insult to make TR sign a Training Agreement, put them on half salary "to cover training costs" and not pay duty pay during training either. The pilot jobs market was weak enough to allow such things up until recently but going forward it needs to stop if Jet2 hope to attract any TR crew. For the sake of those sticking around, I hope the company realises this pronto! With BA, EZY, FR, TOM et al all looking for a significant number of pilots over the next few years, Jet2 HAS to up its game if it hopes to survive.
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Old 10th Aug 2015, 21:43
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Is anything being done to retain people? Retain surely cheaper than Replace?

Can they physically train all of these replacement crew in a sensible time span? The throughput of their sim centre and the number of line sectors available must be causing them a headache?
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Old 10th Aug 2015, 21:45
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2 Whites, I agree but then it's up to each individual to accept or decline it.

To BS about it being open ended when it isn't just indictates lack of knowledge or an agenda. One makes you look stupid the other petty and childish. There's a lot of that on this thread.
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Old 10th Aug 2015, 22:12
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You're quite right, we're all grown ups and no one held a gun to our heads. However, when I joined there was ZERO mention of any bond until I got the call offering me the job. By which point I had put a reasonable amount of time and effort into the process. It had been made very clear prior that the half pay was to cover the cost of groundschool. Not great but I knew about it before I applied so while I strongly disagreed with it, no one else to blame on that one. When I questioned the bond it was hastily brushed over as a mere 4500 to cover groundschool....Jet2 are trying to be clever stinging people twice for a significant amount of cash with very little input for TR joiners. Hence the lack of TR people knocking at the door now things are picking up. Everyone else has woken up to the prospect of the lack of experienced people on the market but J2 insists on carrying on wiith these insulting practices. Naive in the extreme. 70% contracts, half pay, no duty pay, unreasonable training bonds for TR joiners. below market rate salaries, zero perks / benefits (unless you're Leeds based where you can get a ticket on then'Flying Tiger' bus for a whopping discounted fare of 4.80 instead of 6, woopeee!!!)....a few may be tempted but it's hardly the way to instil loyalty and longevity into a work force.

Look how CC are treated, 700 training costs for a summer only contract! My point is that responsible employer invests in its employees and makes them want to stay. It doesn't hold a gun to their head with the above mentioned BS to try and force them to stay
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Old 11th Aug 2015, 08:42
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Well said 2W2R - the big picture of J2!

And just to clarify, when I joined J2, my 100% TR Contract stated "50% salary until completion of my line check". How long it took them to roster that line check was 'open ended', in fact, I did the type rating quicker than it took me to get on line at J2!
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Old 11th Aug 2015, 09:44
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Originally Posted by JB007 View Post
Well said 2W2R - the big picture of J2!

And just to clarify, when I joined J2, my 100% TR Contract stated "50% salary until completion of my line check". How long it took them to roster that line check was 'open ended', in fact, I did the type rating quicker than it took me to get on line at J2!
Fair enough, if that's the way things were done at the time.

Fortunately it seems to have changed for the guys joining now on non-type-rated 100% contracts.
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Old 11th Aug 2015, 09:46
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I believe they have now capped the 50% salary to a set number of weeks, or FLC - whichever is earlier. Can't remember off the top of my head how many weeks it is though.

It's still ridiculous but hey ho. The varying offers and differing contracts is still an issue, it seems to vary day by day, week by week. Be clear about what it is you want from the start, and there is every chance you'll get it.
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Old 11th Aug 2015, 11:22
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Originally Posted by JB007 View Post
And just to clarify, when I joined J2, my 100% TR Contract stated "50% salary until completion of my line check".
That's my point. When you joined isn't now, things have changed and you're non the wiser.

You have an agenda against Jet2, we get it. But at least try and be factual.
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Old 11th Aug 2015, 12:33
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its interesting behaviour for a moderator eh?
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Old 11th Aug 2015, 13:02
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Chesty Morgan and Blue Pilot why is it you always have to attack the people on here who don't share your view with regards to how great the company is?

People have different opinions about Jet2.com and based on the amount of pilots leaving (over 85 as far I'm aware) there are quite a few who don't share your overly optimistic views with regards to Jet2.com. With regards to the contract issue new pilots still got offered 70% contracts in the last intake as was also stated in "Tailwind" a few months ago.

Earlier in this topic somebody asked if something is done to retain the pilots/staff. To do this one has to admit first we have an issue with retention and there is a shortage of experienced pilots. 737 management has been heard saying "they don't give a sh*t how many leave because there are plenty out there" and a recent update from management stated only 3% more pilots left compared to last year.

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Old 11th Aug 2015, 13:11
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I don't "always" "attack" anyone. I am refuting their knowledge.

I don't think the company is "great", in fact far from it. But you don't need to lie or exaggerate to try and prove a point. On that note the majority of new contracts were 100%, yes some 70% contracts were offered and accepted. That's a bit different to:

Originally Posted by Jet2_320
new pilots still got offered 70% contracts in the last intake as was also stated in "Tailwind" a few months ago.
Isn't it?
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Old 11th Aug 2015, 14:47
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Jet2-320, this will be my only reply to you. Over the years in your many aliases (most of which have been banned) you have continued to slag off, spit bile and attack anyone in regard to Jet2. Your words and opinions in my view are worthless as you never have any balance or thought, just venom.
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Old 11th Aug 2015, 21:10
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Just my two cents as some folk are a little out the loop with regards to what the apprenticeship entails.

Its a maximum 12 month scheme resulting in a fully bonded (3 year) TR on 73 or 75. Within this 12 months, theres 3 months 'development' at The Mint and LFFH gaining experience of the company. This is to create a strong working relationship with folk that flight deck deal with every day and folk that they may deal with once every 5 years. Its about learning the business. After that, its out on a placement which is most likely in a crew room helping flight deck with their daily duties.

I'm an apprentice at J2, and although i have no other airline experience, i absolutely love it. I have no issues with the place at all and everyone i have met so far have been brand new. Something which was new to the scheme when i started was having a bash at operating as cabin crew. Some of you may laugh at this but the experience was fantastic. First hand experience of what happens on the other side of the door has a real eye opener and i have a huge amount of respect for cabin crew and the job they do. I'm 1/3 of the way through the 12 months, but rumour has it that type ratings could be coming our way over winter. On a previous course, two lads were rated after 4 months of the scheme. Operational requirements.

I'm incredibly lucky to be in a position to receive a fully paid for 737 or 757 TR as a first job. There can't be many opportunities like that in Europe or even the world.

A final side note, J2 prefer the modular route for their apprentices. I would say that less than 10% of apprentices went Integrated, and i don't know anyone on the scheme from oxford or CTC.

Best to you all,

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Old 12th Aug 2015, 06:51
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Good on you Marcus, and good on Jet2.
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