Recently qualified pilot, Carol Vorderman is backing the call by British Airways for more women to become airline pilots. The airline already has more female pilots than any other UK carrier and is determined to see that number rise.
Following on from her pilot training Carol Vorderman is hoping to inspire more women to become pilots. As well as her skills with figures she plans to follow in the flight path of British pioneer aviator Mildred Bruce by flying solo around-the-world next year.
“I always wanted to be a pilot. It was the reason I read Engineering at Cambridge, and ideally would have joined British Airways after graduating, but sadly their training school wasn’t open at that time. Thankfully with initiatives like British Airways’ Future Pilot Programme there are more opportunities for tomorrow’s potential female pilots. What a great life they have ahead of them.”
British Airways is looking to continue increasing its influx of new pilots. The airline’s cadet programme has proved popular with some 4,500 applications in each of its first three years. It has seen a gradual increase in the number of female applicants and successful cadets each year – but British Airways is hoping to attract even more women in order to deepen the potential talent pool of pilots.
British Airways’ First Officer Emily Lester, said: “The British Airways Future Pilot Programme has allowed me to realise my dream of becoming an airline pilot. After an intensive training programme I am now flying to destinations throughout Europe and would encourage anyone thinking of a career as a pilot to apply. It’s an ideal route into an incredibly rewarding career for both men and women.”
The airline runs its own cadet training scheme called the British Airways Future Pilot Programme – open to anyone from 18 to 55, with no previous flying experience required and plans to open the next application window for the programme from February, 2015. It also recruits trained pilots from other airlines and the armed forces.
British Airways offers its pilots a range of options to suit all lifestyles including part-time roles, as well as long and short-haul flying on its fleet of more than 280 aircraft across 180 worldwide destinations.