Airline to recruit 50% female engineers

easyJet to fill half of apprenticeship places with women
Low-cost carrier easyJet has set itself the target of filling half the places in its 2017 Aeronautical Engineering Apprenticeship intake with women.
The drive is part of the British airline’s Amy Johnson initiative, which launched in 2015 with the aim of tackling “an industry-wide stereotype” and doubling the number of female new entrant pilots to 12% over two years.
Johnson was a pilot as well as an engineer. She was the first British woman to obtain a ground engineers ‘C’ license and was president of the Woman’s Engineering Society.
At the moment, only 5% of those working in easyJet’s engineering department are female and the airline wants to increase this figure. It employs 230 engineers across its fleet of over 270 Airbus aircraft, and is looking to fill 14 apprenticeship places in 2017. easyJet wants seven of these to be filled by women.


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