Oxford, United Kingdom, 14 October 2017: International aviation training organisation, Airways Aviation is launching a dedicated female pilot training scholarship in the UK, as part of the company’s drive to encourage more women to consider a career as a pilot.
In collaboration with the British Women Pilots’ Association (BWPA), Airways Aviation launched the new scholarship at its Airline Pilot Careers Day on Saturday 14 October 2017, where attendees were the first to hear about how aspiring female pilots could win £35,000 towards the price of a full-time EASA pilot training course.
Nearly 50 years after the first woman took the controls as a commercial pilot and despite the industry’s clear demand, the percentage of female pilots globally is still surprisingly low, at just 3%. With its global scholarship programme being rolled out around the world, and now the introduction of a dedicated female scholarship in the UK, Airways Aviation is once again proving its commitment to creating equal opportunities and reducing barriers to entering the pilot profession.
Romy Hawatt, Founder and Shareholder, Airways Aviation says:
“Our global scholarship programme has been hugely successful so far, and although we’ve already been able to support some amazing candidates to begin their pilot training, the vast majority of applicants to date have been male.
“We believe there is an untapped market of talented women out there who, for whatever reason, have not considered pilot training as a possibility for them. The launch of our new female only pilot training scholarship is the first, important step towards supporting more women to consider a career as a pilot, where a significant barrier to entry has been financial, not aptitude.”
Held at the company’s purpose-built training academy in Oxford, the Airways Aviation Pilot Careers Day offered a unique opportunity for prospective female pilots and their families to tour the facilities and experience first-hand what it would be like to train for one of the most rewarding careers available.
Applicants for the female scholarship will need to register their interest and complete a short online application form before 24 November 2017. Airways Aviation will then invite those candidates whose application meets the initial selection criteria to its Oxford headquarters to take the industry-standard COMPASS test, for which they will need to pay a £100 administration fee, that also includes membership to the BWPA. Once the test results are analysed, the top-scoring candidates will be invited to continue the process, with a presentation and panel interview at Oxford as the final stage.
For further information about Airways Aviation / BWPA Female Pilot Training Scholarship and to register online, interested applicants should visit https://airwaysaviation.com/go/female-pilot-training-scholarship/