Learning and development

Supporting people to develop to their full potential and ensuring they have the right skills for their role is an essential part of maintaining a high-performance culture.

easyJet provides significant new entrant and on-going training for its pilots and cabin crew. To meet the airline’s future training needs it has this year opened a new training centre at London Gatwick Airport, which will be used by crew from across the easyJet network.

The airline has an established pilot cadet programme, in partnership with CTC Aviation and CAE Oxford Aviation Academy, to train people for their first full-time flying role. In the 2015 financial year 223 cadets completed their training with these providers and are now flying with easyJet.

easyJet has an apprenticeship programme within its engineering team, with currently 14 apprentices in the airline. The apprentices receive eight months classroom training, followed by 16 months with easyJet in a mix of aircraft maintenance and office based roles. On completion of the programme the apprentices receive an NVQ Level 3 in aeronautical engineering and an ‘A licence’ to carry out standard maintenance tasks on aircraft.

easyJet’s graduate programme currently has 38 participants from across Europe. The graduates spend two years in different parts of the airline to develop their skills and increase their knowledge.

easyJet also uses mentoring as a way to develop people, with benefits for both the mentee and mentor. All easyJet pilots are mentored by a more senior colleague and mentoring also takes place within the Company’s management and administration community.