With forecasts projecting the industry will need another 1.3 million new aviation professionals in the next 10 years on top of existing recruitment opportunities, easyJet has relaunched its flagship graduate program after a three year hiatus.
The program, which aims to attract a diverse group of individuals with a tenacious ambition of becoming future leaders in engineering, finance and management, has taken 16 students for 2023 after a three year hiatus due to the pandemic, and is now calling for more applicants for 2024.
easyJet’s “Project Runway” strives to accelerate career prospects in leadership roles as well as highlight the diversity of roles at the organization beyond frontline airline operations including pilots, cabin crew and ground handling.
Graduates entering the engineering program were required to have an engineering degree. However, the finance and management programs will be filled by grads with a diverse range of degrees including Modern Languages, Art History and Visual Culture with History and Modern History and Politics from the University of Exeter, Birmingham and Manchester respectively, just to name a few.
Following an extensive four-week induction the cohort will spend two years rotating through a series of placements for different career ‘runways’ including management and engineering. On the other hand, those taking up the finance runway will spend a total of three years rotating different roles within that career path.
The airline operator’s Runway Graduate programs encourage a hands-on work approach while providing insight into the culture and values that make easyJet.
Speaking on the program and welcoming this year’s cohort, Jane Storm, group people director at easyJet said: “We are thrilled to be relaunching our Runway Management Program and incorporating our engineering and finance programs under the same initiative for final-year students from across the UK. This program offers a comprehensive insight into the company, with the opportunity to learn more about customer experience from our front-line roles in cabin crew and pilots, as well as the diverse roles offered by the company.
“As well as getting a hands-on experience of different roles with the organisation, the students will also receive mentoring, coaching and training workshops – partnered with the chance to work across teams with senior stakeholders, giving them a true first-hand experience living the orange spirit here at easyJet.”
“This is a fantastic opportunity for all successful candidates to get stuck in and experience the innermost workings of easyJet," added Sam Screpis, head of learning, talent development and engagement added.
“We are looking forward to welcoming candidates to Hanger 89, our corporate HQ at Luton Airport whereby they will have access to the most senior people within our business – giving them the chance to flourish and contribute to the business along with support from peers and mentors.”
easyJet’s Runway Management Program was established in September and along with the airline’s engineering and finance program operates on annual basis. Applications for new candidates are now open and will be live until mid-end January 2024. More information about the program can be found here.