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CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Ltd has developed what it believes to be a first in the aviation industry: an innovative bonus scheme to attract top-notch flight instructors and encourage them into long-term service with the airline pilot training provider.
Instructors sticking with CTC for three years get a choice of several paid aviation training options with paid leave, or a $5000 post-tax lump sum payment.
Instructors remaining loyal with CTC for five years get the choice of either undergoing paid type rating training, $15,000 cash toward their first home in the Waikato, a $10,000 post-tax lump sum payment, or an overseas experience (OE) package.
CTC has embarked on a recruitment drive this week, targeting New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, primarily. It is looking for C-Cat, B-Cat, ME VFR and ME IFR instructors.
The flight training organisation has an immediate need to add 10 instructors to its existing team of 43 in order to prepare for growth in trainee numbers, which is expected to peak at 220 per year in September.
Over the six months, the company expects to recruit around 25 flight instructors in total.
Ian Calvert, CEO of CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Ltd, says the international recruitment drive has been necessitated due to a severe shortage of instructors available in New Zealand.
“The shortage of flight instructors is so critical that it has gotten to the point where there is only a handful of suitably qualified instructors left in New Zealand.
“We’ve had no choice but to turn our recruitment efforts off-shore and we believe the calibre of instructors available in Australia and South Africa will meet our requirements,” explains Mr Calvert.
CTC has always had high turnover of its instructor team, as for many it is a stepping stone into a career with an airline. However, turnover rates have increased significantly in recent months.
“CTC has always recognised that most of our instructors see a job with us as part of their journey as an airline pilot, not their ultimate career goal. We certainly don’t wish to hold them back from their aspirations to fly with an airline. However, due to our high forecasted growth in trainee numbers, now more than ever before we need to encourage long-term service.
“We’ve lost 33 instructors over the past two years with the majority those 33 having left in the past five months. Air New Zealand is taking the majority of our instructors, mostly to fill positions vacated by retiring pilots.
“Others have gone to regional carriers, Eagle Air and Air Nelson, and we have also lost a good number to overseas airlines, such as Cathay Pacific and Jetstar,” explains Mr Calvert.
CTC has kicked off its instructor recruitment drive in Australia and South Africa this week. It is offering relocation packages for those instructors meeting qualifications.
Those interested in learning more about becoming a flight instructor with CTC in New Zealand can request a job description, salary and bonus scheme information by emailing email@example.com or by phoning +64 7 843 3304.
About CTC Aviation Group
CTC is a global leader in aviation training and management solutions. As an Approved Training Organisation (TRTO and FTO), we train approximately 2,000 aircrew for more than 50 global airlines each year. Our UK and NZ based Crew Training Centres house both Airbus and Boeing simulators, hi-tech Computer Based Training facilities and a fleet of the latest, modern technology training aircraft; all supported by one of the most experienced teams of Training Captains and Instructors worldwide.
Our portfolio spans the full spectrum of airline training and resourcing requirements; pilots and cabin crew; basic licence and ATPL training, type rating training, command and non-technical skills through to TRE Standardisation; ground school, simulator provision and line training; management and consultancy support; start ups, conversions and recurrent.
Airline clients include Air New Zealand, Air Malawi, Air Seychelles, British Airways, Eagle Airways, easyJet, easyJet Suisse, flydubai, Jet2.com, Jetstar Group, Jetstar Asia and Jetstar Pacific, Monarch Airlines, NetJets, Oman Air, Royal Brunei Airlines, spiceJet, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways.
“CTC Wings” is a unique, comprehensive programme of developmental training for tomorrow’s airline pilots. The CTC Wings Cadet route takes individuals with no flying experience all the way to the right hand seat of a commercial airliner in approximately two years.
“CTC TAKEOFF” is a comprehensive range of accessible and affordable JAA / EASA modular courses ranging from ME CPL/IR through to MCC and type rating.
“CTC FlexiCrew” is an initiative to provide flexible yet quality resourcing solutions for both the airline industry and qualified pilots, including experienced instructors and examiners.
CTC Aviation Jet Services Limited, the company’s private jet management division offers a personalised service for private jet owners around the world seeking a bespoke and total solution to managing and operating their fleet.
Airline Placement Limited (APL)
The principal activity of APL is that of providing fully trained cadet pilots to the airline industry. APL sponsors cadet pilots throughout their training programme and purchases the required aviation training services from various companies, including CTC Aviation.
CTC holds UK CAA JAA/EASA TRTO and FTO/ATO Approval and is also recognised by various regulators worldwide.
(CTC Aviation Training)
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