28 AUGUST 2017
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More female engineers are being sought by easyJet with the airline extending its successful Amy Johnson initiative aimed at new pilots by setting itself the target of filling half the places in its 2017 engineering apprenticeship intake with women.
“Like the pilot profession, the aviation engineering sector is dominated by men,” the company said. “Only 9% of the total UK engineering workforce and just 5% of those working in easyJet's engineering department are female. We want to increase that.”
As easyJet notes, Amy Johnson, like many aviation pioneers, was also an engineer, the first British woman with a ground engineers “C” licence and first to be president of the Woman’s Engineering Society.
The airline employs 230 engineers who maintain the airline’s fleet of over 270 Airbus aircraft. It is looking to fill 14 apprenticeship places in 2017 and wants seven of those to go to women.
The apprenticeship programme is in partnership with Resource Group and its Aviation Maintenance Training Division, with successful candidates due to start the two-year training course in November. Closing date for applications is 15 September.
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