CAE is keeping up its Women in Flight scholarship programme through 2020 (initially launched in 2018) to encourage exceptional women to become professional pilots. Every year, CAE awards up to five full paid scholarships to aspiring female pilots, across its global training network. The scholarship recipients will become role models, tasked with the mission to inspire more women to join them in the flight deck.
How does the scholarship work?
Five candidates will each receive a fully paid scholarship to cover the entire cost of their cadet pilot training, including accommodation and travel, applicable to one of CAE’s participating airline-mentored cadet training programmes. Upon successful completion of training, the selected candidates will either commence or have the opportunity to secure their first pilot job and fly with one of the participating airlines (this being subject to meeting airlines’ conditions)
Every year, five airline-mentored cadet training programmes will be open to receive applications and one scholarship will be granted per programme.
Why do we need more women in the flight deck?
CAE is committed to the advancement of women in aviation to broaden the civil aviation talent pool. Today, women make up only 5% of professional pilots worldwide. The same is true of cadets in training. Unlike many other traditionally male-dominated professions, the aviation industry is still not attracting enough women. The CAE Women in Flight scholarship programme aims to develop the industry’s future women pilot ambassadors in hopes of addressing the underrepresentation of women in this profession.
Scholarship recipients will become ambassadors, entrusted to share their passion for aviation to inspire the next generation of women pilots. CAE says they will follow the scholarship recipients throughout their journey to the flight deck and their first few years as a professional pilot. Their experience at aerospace and women in aviation events will be shared regularly through social media updates.
The participating airlines in the 2019 programme were Aeromexico, American Airlines, AirAsia, CityJet and easyJet.
Southwest Airlines were the first ones for 2020, four additional airline partners and their respective cadet training programmes will be announced later this year.
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