As part of British Science Week and the National WISE Campaign (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)) it was wonderful to welcome Joyce Hart, EasyJet Captain to Onslow St Audrey’s School.
Joyce is a female Captain and pilots a modern Airbus aircraft from the A320 family in and out of European countries. These aircraft typically hold 186 passengers and weigh 66 tonne.
We welcomed hearing about why just 3 per cent of the world’s commercial airline pilots are women and how EasyJet has a set target of 20 per cent of new recruits to be women by 2020. To help realise this ambitious target the “Amy Johnson Flying Initiative” has been launched which promises to underwrite a training loan of up to £100,000 for six female pilot candidates.
Joyce delivered an informative and inspiring presentation to our students who were mesmerised by the details of Joyce’s career to date. Students learnt about flight plans, health and safety checks, training opportunities, training schemes and the most difficult airports to take off and land.
EasyJet is a £4 billion business employing over 10,000 people, including 2,865 pilots and 6,516 cabin crew members.
We hope that students will now have the motivation and incentive to consider this as a potential career path with the possibility of earning approximately £100,000 per annum.