by Melanie Burgess - News Corp Australia Network
Aspiring pilots will walk straight out of their university graduation and into a job and $80,000 salary as part of a new recruitment program to be launched next month.
QantasLink is offering the direct pathway as part of its Qantas Future Pilot Program in collaboration with UNSW, Griffith University, University of Southern Queensland, Swinburne University of Technology and RMIT University.
In the past 12 months, Qantas and QantasLink have recruited more than 300 pilots between them, and this number is set to grow.
The aviation students taking part in the program will be mentored by experienced pilots throughout their studies and, if successful, transition to a job at QantasLink straight after graduation.
They will complete a 12-week airline transition course then begin their employment with four to six weeks of simulator training and about eight weeks of in-flight training.
As a first officer in their first year, they will earn a salary of about $80,000.
QantasLink chief executive John Gissing said the program was about building the next generation of exceptional pilots from within Australia’s top aviation schools.
“As the national carrier we have a history of attracting the best and brightest to fly for us. The
students chosen for this program will have an enormous head start to their career as a pilot.
The aviation students will be mentored by experienced pilots throughout their studies and, if successful, transition to a job at QantasLink straight after graduation.
They will benefit from a direct pathway to Australia’s largest regional airline and access to our experienced pilots throughout their studies,” he said.
The program follows the airline’s launch of its Nancy Bird-Walton Initiative, in which Qantas Group has committed to a 20 per cent intake of women in its 2018 pilot recruitment, with the vision to double that figure over the following decade.
Griffith University aviation student Kate Richards said it was an exciting time to be a pilot.
“This program is the opportunity of a lifetime for students who want to go from high school to studying aviation at university, with the opportunity to start flying with QantasLink straight after graduation,” she said.
The Qantas Future Pilot Program will launch in January 2018, open to all future and current aviation students at all stages of their degree.
Applications are open at qantas.com/careers