With the launch of its Newly Qualified Pilot Pathway (NQPP) program, British Airways is inviting prospective commercial pilots to begin their careers with the well-known British airline.
In the past, prospective pilots who wanted to work at airlines like British Airways had to spend years gaining experience at lesser airlines. But British Airways is relaunching its NQPP program, offering newly qualified pilots who have finished either integrated or modular courses at any ATO (Approved Training Organization) the chance to participate, as reported by Flight Training News. This is a noteworthy development.
Candidates that are qualified must fulfill a number of requirements, such as:
1. Achieving a minimum ground school average of 85% while avoiding taking more than three retests.
2. Either on the first try or the second try, the Commercial Pilot License and Instrument Rating (CPL & IR) first series must be successfully completed.
3. APS MCC (Airline Pilot Standards Multi Crew Cooperation) training has been completed.
4. Three training providers at most for each of the three training phases—Ground School, CPL/IR, and APS MCC—represented the limited attendance of training providers.
5. Having a Class 1 medical certificate from the UK CAA and fulfilling the requirements set forth by British Airways.
This program is a follow-up to the airline's previous NQPP launch, which occurred last summer along with the debut of its "Whitetail" recruitment campaign. The chosen applicants will start their careers as pilots of Airbus A320s for British Airways Euroflyer. Candidates may only apply to one of the three airline branches at once: BA Euroflyer, BA Cityflyer, or British Airways.
British Airways has been aggressive in developing future talent through programs like the Speedbird Pilot Academy, in addition to its attempts to recruit pilots. Up to 60 young applicants are supported by this school each year, with training expenses up to £100,000 covered, including lodging and meals.
Additionally, the airline has shown that it is dedicated to developing talent in all of its departments. About forty British Airways apprentices were stationed at London Heathrow to assist a busy aircraft to Cape Town during National Apprenticeship Week in 2024. These trainees took on a variety of responsibilities, including as baggage handling, cabin crew, boarding, dispatch, and check-in, and they gained essential practical experience.
The importance of these programs was underlined by Rachel Iley, Director of British Airways' Global Learning Academy, who said, "This historic flight highlights the vital contributions apprentices make to our workforce and the opportunities available to those joining British Airways through our schemes." Our airline benefits from the new insights that our brilliant apprentices bring to the table, and we look forward to what they have to offer in the future.
With 13 years of experience, British Airways' apprentice program offers up to 290 positions every year to bright young people. Applications for the program increased by a significant 75% last year, from 2,562 in 2022 to 4,500 in 2023.