Aspiring pilots will benefit from a new Higher Apprenticeship in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (HAPAPP), which was launched today.

The HAPAPP has been developed by the Aviation Skills Partnership (ASP), which worked closely with Semta – the sector skills council for science, engineering and advanced manufacturing – People First, airlines and the three flight training organisations responsible for delivering the practical training.

ASP’s Chief Executive Officer, Simon Witts has been the leading force behind the new HAPAPP and hopes to develop similar pathways for air traffic control, operations and crewing, engineering and maintenance, cabin crew and airport operations.

He said: “What is now on offer to airlines and potential recruits is one of the most attractive routes to train to be a pilot, with students being able to gain access to full university-level loan and grant support. This means that the barriers to entry for the people who have the right skills and passion have been reduced, opening up access and creating more opportunities to equalise some of the diversity gaps in the industry. I am very proud to see it come to fruition.”

The first students are expected to enrol on the scheme from July 2013 and more details, including information advice and guidance for budding pilots can be found at

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