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British Airways Announces Work Experience Programme

It’s seen as one of the hottest educational tickets in town and there are just a couple of days left for young people to apply for British Airways’ award-winning work experience programme for Summer 2019. Next year’s scheme is bigger and better than ever before and coincides with the airline’s Centenary.

Almost 30 departments across the airline participate in the programme, so whether students are seeking a career in the cockpit, are entertaining ideas about engineering or looking to pick up world-class customer service skills, candidates are being urged to apply for the five-day, term-time placements before applications close this Friday, December 21.

With more than 2,000 students bidding for 600 places during 2018, competition is tough. To find out more and apply, visit https://careers.ba.com/.

Former British Airways’ work experience student, Adara Sivananthan, said: “I did my work experience placement in Flight Operations. It was an amazing week and I learnt so much about the life of a pilot, but also about multiple other roles at the airline. The placement gave me the confidence and knowledge I needed to apply to be cabin crew with British Airways and I was over-the-moon to be successful in my application. I’m so excited about my future and my first step to becoming a pilot at British Airways.”

The World of Work

British Airways’ work experience placements give students the opportunity to gain real insights into the world of work and first-hand experience of the fast-paced aviation industry.

The airline expects students to deliver live projects during their placement, as well as focussing on workplace skills and helping to build confidence as students think about their future.

Mel Kose, British Airways Community Education Manager, said: “I am really proud of our work experience programme. The hands-on scheme provides an insight into the breadth of what we do and encourages the best aviators of the future to join us. The programme has successfully attracted some fantastic people into British Airways, and one in five of our apprentices have previously completed work experience with us. I’m looking forward to welcoming our biggest ever cohort of students in 2019, as British Airways celebrates its Centenary.

“We’re looking for enthusiastic, aviation-loving and highly motivated students. So, if you think you would be the perfect fit for the British Airways team, be sure to apply now.”

Earlier this year, in an industry first, British Airways launched ‘Teacher Take-Off Days’, with teachers embarking on one-day work experience sessions across the airline and taking their learnings back to the classroom.

Iuliia Tore