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| Sep 25

Resource Group Launches a New Way to Get Your CAT B Licence

Are you looking at becoming a B1 or B2 licenced engineer and researching the different ways to study your Part 66 modules? Or are you looking for a career change and wondering what courses you need to take? Like any job, gaining the qualifications you need isn’t easy and requires you to put time and effort into your studies, whilst juggling work and life commitments.sourcegroup.co.uk With this in mind, Resource Group has launched brand new Part 66 Self-Study modules which enable you to study towards your Part 66 licence in your own time, at your own pace; reducing the need to take long periods away from work. There are great career prospects for licenced engineers and the aviation industry needs skilled aircraft maintainers now more than ever, so there’s no better time to start training. Our new Part 66 self-study courses offer a cost effective, flexible and high-quality solution for you to work towards, or extend, your Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Licence. The ability to study around work and life commitments means working towards a Part-66 licence is now more accessible than ever. To find out more, visit www.training.resourcegroup.co.uk

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| Apr 06

A Day In The Life Of A Recruiter

​Today (6th April) marks International Recruiter Day. So, we caught up with our engineering and aviation maintenance recruiter, Paula Gutierrez, who works in our Madrid office.1. What does your typical day consist of? My role varies day-to-day but it always begins with a coffee. Being organised is a key part of a recruiter’s job so I start the day by going through my emails to see if there are any urgent tasks, which I work on first.  I action client requests which can include uploading new roles onto job portals and update existing vacancy information if the client’s needs change. You need to be very reactive as a recruiter, which is what I enjoy the most.I sift through all new job applications to see whether candidates are suitable for the role they have applied for and if so, contact them to discuss the next steps in the recruitment process.There are various stages depending on client requirements and the position we are recruiting for, but this sometimes involves a call with candidates to discuss experience, salary expectations, document checks and availability. I work on multiple positions at the same time so it is important for me to check on the status of each role and work with our internal marketing team to see how we can attract more candidates if needed. This can include job advertisements on our company social media pages and headhunting directly using LinkedIn.  Fridays tend to be the most strenuous day for me because I need to ensure everything is in place, ready for candidates to begin their new role on the Monday. 2. What is the most rewarding part of your role?The most rewarding part of my job is placing candidates in a new position. Not only because I am helping my clients to find great talent, but whenever I have been offered a role in the past, I have always felt really excited; so it is great to be the one to share positive news with successful candidates. We strive on finding the right people, the first time round.3. Why did you choose to become a recruiter? I didn’t plan to become a recruiter. My path into recruitment came when I was working in England as a Health Care Assistance for a health and social care company. I’m quite a confident, approachable and patient person, and so my colleagues thought I demonstrated the personal qualities of a recruiter. The company offered me the opportunity to join their head office recruitment team, where I began recruiting for specialised profiles. I never thought I’d be able to do a job like that however, I picked it up quickly and found it incredibly rewarding.My role at Resource Group is very different from my previous position, because the profiles I am recruiting for now are a lot more specific. It’s been challenging to learn about a new industry but I’ve received great support from my colleagues, and I really enjoy recruiting for engineering maintenance roles.4. Why do you enjoy working as a recruiter for Resource Group?I enjoy being part of a vibrant and high-energy team of industry experts. They all provide a great source of information and are willing to support when needed. I’m lucky to work in a well-structured organisation where compliance is taken care of, which enables me to focus on my tasks at hand. I work closely with our dedicated account managers to ensure I have an in-depth understanding of client briefs, and it’s this attention to detail that allows me to have autonomy of my work when finding candidates. Our client base is very varied, and I get the chance to work with some of the largest airlines and maintenance companies worldwide, which is impressive. 5. What are the personal qualities a recruiter should have?You need to have industry knowledge, especially when recruiting for specialised positions, so that you can confidently liaise with candidates and answer their questions.Good communication skills are a must because you will be liaising with candidates at different stages in their careers and from different backgrounds, and it’s important to build a rapport.Recruiters will be working on a number of jobs at the same time, so multi-tasking and being able to prioritise are definitely skills to have. Patience is also an important skill because, as with any job, things don’t always go to plan. Candidates’ availability may change and clients may alter requirements, so being organised and reactive will help.6. What advice would you give someone interested in becoming a recruiter?  My advice would be to research and understand the industry you are working in and always show enthusiasm and willingness to learn. 

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| Feb 02

How To Become an Aircraft Engineer Apprentice

Are you looking to start your career in aviation and would like to become an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer? Here we explain the requirements you need to become an apprentice and to help you achieve your dreams.The apprenticeship route is now seen as an accreditable alternative to college and university, and there are multiple apprenticeship programme levels that you can take to support your career development.What is an apprenticeship?“An apprenticeship is a job with training. Through an apprenticeship, an apprentice will gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills and behaviours that they need for their immediate job and future career.” – Education and Skills Funding Agency.An apprenticeship allows an individual to combine work with an accompanying skills development programme, meaning apprentices gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and skills they need for their immediate job and future career. They gain this experience through a varied mix of learning in the workplace, formal ‘off-the-job’ training, and the opportunity to practise new skills in an actual working environment.What does an Aircraft Engineer do?As an aircraft engineer, you will be required to carry out approved maintenance repairs on aircraft to ensure they are safe to fly.The type of aircraft you will work on varies depending on the company you work for, and will range from small aircraft to airliners, helicopters, and civil and military.  You will learn the fundamental expertise, skills and behaviours required of an aircraft engineer. This involves highly qualified and skilled work, sustaining and managing aircraft systems and using appropriate hand tools and equipment. Can I go to college?The simple answer is yes. However, we strongly recommend that you contact some potential employers e.g. Ryanair, easyJet, British Airways and CHC to name a few, to establish which qualifications (A Levels, BTEC and T Levels), they would be willing to accept. This is because certain qualifications may have a significant impact on the amount of funding available to cover the cost of your training.What qualifications do you need to apply? You must have 5 GCSEs (with at least 4 at grades A* - C) including Maths, English and Science. We will ask for copies of your certificates at the beginning of the recruitment phase. Please note that some employers may require a higher achievement grade. If you hold a degree or higher, we would advise you to look into an Engineer Graduate Programme or a level 4 certifying engineer apprenticeship.  Eligibility for an apprentice You must be eligible to live and work in the UK and “have been ordinarily resident in the UK, the British Overseas Territories, or Crown Dependencies (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) for at least the previous three years before the start of the apprenticeship”. You must not be enrolled on any other Department for Education funded programme.https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apprenticeship-funding-rules-for-employers/annex-a-eligibility-criteria-who-we-fundWhat we look for:You should be able to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the company you have applied for and what the job entails.You show enthusiasm and passion for engineering and aviation in general.You communicate well.You understand the importance of safety.Show willingness to learn and develop yourself.An ability to demonstrate integrity and honesty.An ability to follow direction and processes in a respectful and compliant manner.You can work in a team and individually unsupervised. You are comfortable working at heights and in confined spaces.What qualifications will you gain as an apprentice?Year 1 – EAL Level 2 Diploma in Aerospace and Aviation Engineering (Foundation Competence).  EASA/UK CAA Part-66 Year 2 – EAL Level 3 Diploma in Aviation Maintenance (Development Competence).If you would like to take a look at our current apprenticeship roles, visit: www.employment.resourcegroup.co.uk/jobsFor more information about the apprenticeship courses we offer, visit: https://training.resourcegroup.co.uk/apprenticeships-2-apprenticeship/The advantage of training with LRTT is our ability to offer training from various UK locations including Gatwick, Luton, Heathrow and Stansted airports. ​​

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| Jul 25

Airline Recovery

​Predicting when the aviation industry will operate at full capacity again is hard to know, and reports state that this won’t be before 2024.However, the recent surge in the number of holiday bookings has certainly taken the industry by storm."The number of air passengers carried from January to April 2022 increased by 65% compared to the same period in 2021, while aircraft flight departures increased by 30%." - ICAO Uniting Aviation. Leisure trips will be the main factor that assists with the recovery of airlines, and by the end of 2022, it is forecast that North America, Europe, the Middle East, Southwest Asia, and the Latin America/Caribbean region will be operating at total seat capacity levels similar to those we saw pre-pandemic. Pilot Shortage The aviation industry is enduring a shortage of pilots as the global in-service fleet has already skyrocketed to 76% of pre-covid levels. Unfortunately, the attraction to becoming a pilot has decreased due to the uncertainty of a stable career path.Several furloughed pilots have returned to their job, but many have found employment elsewhere in different industries, and others took early retirement packages.We spoke to a number of pilots to find out why they believe airlines are struggling to fulfill Pilot/First Officer roles. This is the feedback we received: Pilots are looking for more stability/permanent work rather than contract work, e.g. 6 months over the summer period. Many prefer being closer to home and don't want to be away from home for long periods e.g. 3 months at a time. Some no longer want to work unsocial hours. Others have found alternative work that is still within the aviation industry, for example as Flight Instructors or Ground Operations. The pilot shortage is adding to the chaos at airports alongside rising fuel prices and too many people travelling across the summer period of 2022. How are airlines trying to find more pilots?Many airlines are trying to think of different ways to recruit new pilots, these include:Higher Salaries - some but not all airlines are increasing pay by 50%. However, this is only temporary.Recruiting retired pilots - several pilots retired at 50 due to the pandemic but are still physically fit and healthy to operate aircraft. Staff up with Trainers - having past pilots who may no longer be able to fly, train other staff. This will prevent current pilots being taken away from operating an aircraft to deliver training. Pilot Training ICAO reports that by 2030, commercially operated aircraft will increase from 61,833 to 151,565.To meet these targets, it is suggested that the number of professionals who will need training by 2030 is as follows:Pilots – 160,000Maintenance Personnel – 360,000Air traffic controllers – 40, 000For more information visit: https://www.icao.int/Newsroom/Pages/icao-study-reveals-strong-demand-for-qualified-aviation-personnel-up-to-2030.aspxPre-pandemic, the job market was very competitive with many applicants for pilot roles. This meant airlines were able to be picky when it came to applicant experience and requirements. However, due to the current pilot shortage, low-cost airlines are now accepting qualified candidates with less flight hours and experience. For example - Ryanair, Easyjet, and Wizz Air are recruiting both newly qualified and highly experienced/qualified pilots. Jet2 is offering candidates the chance to become a pilot apprentice and work in a non-flying role for several months. The pilot apprentices will then be required to change to a flight deck role. We understand that the cost of pilot training is expensive however, once fully trained, you could earn a considerably high salary. We regularly recruit for pilot positions. If you would like to view the current roles we have, visit here.  

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Image for blog post Interview with Resource Group Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jonathan Price

| Jan 06

Interview with Resource Group Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jonathan Price

When the pandemic first hit, the aviation industry came to a halt, which meant that many people lost their jobs, countries closed their borders, planes were parked up on runways or put in storage and, some retired earlier than planned. Therefore, we thought it would a time to get to know more about our Chief Operating Officer (COO) Jonathan Price. Were you always interested in working in the aviation industry?No, I wasn’t. I spent the early years of my working life in alpine hospitality and property services. I studied Business Management and was most interested in commercial fundamentals and the sales and marketing process in particular. In the small businesses that I ran, I was really lucky to get critical, early experience in the importance of dedicated and acute focus on a target market and the underlying quality of service. I learned that those two ingredients will normally allow an organisation to leverage specialisation and superior client experience to achieve long-term relationships and financial returns. Funnily enough, in many areas of Aviation, and in Recruitment and Training in general, there are a number of skills easily transferable from the hospitality world. Both are focused on relationships, consumer experience, and the quality of the outcome. Beyond that, from a leisure and recreation perspective, particularly in our Airline and Private Aviation activity, there are still more touchpoints.As is the case for so many who work in the sector, once you are ‘in’, it is difficult to imagine working in any other area. The sector is so fast-paced, technologically interesting, and inextricably linked to global, social and, economic progress that it’s difficult not to be attracted to it.Can you tell me a little about your journey through the company and your current role?When I first joined the Swiss business in 2009 I focused on the delivery and re-packaging of certain recruitment service lines – especially in the technical, aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul space. Our presence and speciality in the business/VIP aviation sub-sector was what really allowed me to develop my technical understanding of aircraft and the sector and to establish a network within what really is the ‘small world’ of aviation. I secured new accounts in Switzerland, Spain, France, Germany, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia and after an initial steep learning curve, I steadily developed my knowledge of aircraft types, supply chains, and the industry at large. One of the reasons I never tire of aviation is that you never stop learning. I moved through various commercial, and subsequently operational, roles, prior to a successful management buy-out/carve-out in mid-2017, of the businesses which now comprise the Group. Together with Stephan and Ian, I help to lead the business not only as an employee but also as a shareholder.The past two years have been pretty torrid for the aviation sector, how has the company navigated this difficult period?Resource Group has had to adapt significantly in a myriad of ways in response to the pandemic. We had to pare back capacity and to make sure the organization was as lean as possible whilst still having the strength and depth to deliver to our clients and to continue to secure what business has been available. Aside from ‘shape and size’ adjustments made, we have had to rapidly adjust to suit the prevailing market conditions, regional and national restrictions, and Coronavirus measures. Our delivery methods have adapted accordingly – whether that be in the context of face-to-face training or temporary personnel supply, the protocols and practicalities of almost all service lines have been affected at some point by the worldwide situation.  Some important innovations have been accelerated as a result of the pandemic. Our distance learning solutions matured to include teaching via video link, for example – which in some respects has provided flexibility and convenience to our learners at a time when skill and qualification enhancement was in high demand due to the downtime which many workers in the aviation industry experienced. Demand for our other digital products such as E-Learning and Learning Design has also been consistent. We have seen an increasing appetite for deployed learning – whereby we take practical learning delivery to our clients’ sites. These trends are likely to endure for the long term.Our spread of sub-sector presence has also helped us to navigate the challenges of the last 24 months. We have an exclusive focus on Aviation as a sector but within that, we are not only active in Commercial/Airline but also deeply involved in Business Aviation, Military, Cargo, and Production. Certain areas have been largely unaffected and in others, we have actually seen some modest growth. This spread of Group service offering, coupled with the spread of verticals that we address, has been a key feature of our strategy over the years and in the context of the pandemic has paid dividends.How do you see the Post-Covid recovery continuing and is there now light at the end of the tunnel?The variant issue and the resulting impact on restrictions and, hence, the recovery curve, was a major challenge last year and remains the potential barrier to sustained recovery into Q1 of 2022. However, prior to the most recent wave of European restrictions, we were seeing a real ‘gearing up’ by leisure airlines for a busy spring/summer 2022. This niche is really at the mercy of national governments in this respect and only time will tell when the needs of society for business, leisure, and family travel are balanced with the need to control the potential threat of new variants of the coronavirus. We are cautiously optimistic about a meaningful increase in leisure travel in summer 2022 and hope that with widespread vaccination and new travel protocols bedded in and proven, this is now a realistic prospect.Airline recovery aside, our business is that of creation and provision of skills to support the sector as a whole. This is the value that we bring and in terms of the skills that we provide and create there is certainly a bright future. The pandemic, through early retirements, personnel leaving the sector, and a lack of new talent entering the industry, has amplified the already critical situation concerning the shortage of skills in Aviation – be that in the cockpit or on the ground. We only see an opportunity for our Group in the years to come in ensuring sufficient quality and quantity of skilled people are available to our clients. An example of this is the demand that we are already seeing for apprentice training in anticipation of the work to be done in the years ahead and it is our privilege to introduce youth to the sector and to be able to promise them a bright and prosperous future with our clients who share our vision and optimism.In terms of the company moving forward; do you see any lasting effect of Covid on operational norms and company culture?Obviously, the practical implications of the pandemic for individuals and firms are, on some level, here to stay. We have seen flexibility in working patterns and locations work well to some degree and have embraced certain aspects of this to allow our staff more flexibility where possible.Beyond the practical considerations, I think that the cultural impact on the business is an interesting aspect of the situation. I think that individuals have taken stock of their lives as a whole and have, at different points during the pandemic, had the time or opportunity to live according to slightly different priorities. I am very proud that the company has managed, despite the practical challenges of distance and separation, to come through the pandemic with a renewed sense of community and togetherness – this is probably the most important achievement of the last couple of years and the deep foundations of that community will endure in the years ahead.

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Insights | Dec 14

How to Make your LinkedIn Profile Grab the Attention of a Recruiter

​LinkedIn is one of the best locations online where you can search for your next job. Recruiters know that LinkedIn is an environment where motivated professionals connect and engage, that is why they use it every day! 72% of recruiters use the platform to find or vet job candidates. Therefore, it is best practice for your profile to be up-to-date because it shows who you are and puts you in the spotlight.You need to stand out from the crowd. LinkedIn provides you with the platform to showcase your skills and experience to encourage recruiters and organisations to contact you and hopefully offer you employment. So utilize it!We have put together a list of top tips on how to improve your LinkedIn profile:Understand your audienceFirstly, you need to think about what sort of people you want to attract to your LinkedIn, which changes dependant on the type of job that would be of interest to you. You will then need to create your career path and what factors apply to you. Things to consider are the people you are trying to impress - friends, clients, or executives. Depending on who they are will depend on how you would tailor your messaging. Change your introductionMaking changes to your introduction, for example, your location in your contact information can go a long way to get you noticed. Other sections to consider changing are: A new profile photoBackground photoAdd a headline - this section appears just under your name What section to spend most of your time onThe section you need to spend your time on is the summary, which is found at the top of your LinkedIn page and is always seen first. The summary section is for you to define what your role entails and expand on why you carry out these tasks. It is always about the first impression here, and you should demonstrate your strengths and why you are different from others with what skills you have. Another tactic to impress is adding a mission statement or a purpose, allowing others to see the direction you would like to lead in life and your career. Show what you have achieved LinkedIn is not another platform for you to showcase your CV. You need to demonstrate how you have impacted a company and what changes you made to achieve the result. Once you have shown this, you can describe how you accomplished the final result.If you are unable to think of ideas, visit here to see some ideas: https://www.linkedin.com/learning/rock-your-linkedin-profile/showcase-your-accomplishments-with-work-experience?autoAdvance=true&autoSkip=false&autoplay=true&resume=trueVisuals Pictures can tell your story a lot more than words can. Therefore, if you can demonstrate what you do for a living through photos, videos, presentations, or websites, this will help show your achievements. The best place to feature these examples is your summary/work experience. Recommendations sectionAs per any outcome, you always need to show you can back it up and, the best way to achieve this is on LinkedIn by people leaving recommendations. Which usually helps to back up everything you achieved and explain what it is like to work with you. It is also beneficial to gain recommendations from people across several departments as they can show different types of interactions they have had with you.If you are asking for senior managers to write a recommendation about you then it would probably be best for you to create a first draft, to which they can adapt and change to sound more like themselves. This can also be beneficial as they will only focus on what you would like them to. Resource group - our recruitment team At Resource Group our Aviation Technical Recruitment and Flight Crew divisions are staffed with managers and consultants from various aviation & aerospace backgrounds, with skills and experience related to the operation, maintenance, and production of fixed-wing and rotary aircraft. Meaning, we fully understand your recruitment needs and deliver the right solutions at the highest standards – providing you with the right people, first time round. https://www.employment.resourcegroup.co.uk/employers/employment-services/recruitmentOur teams regularly search LinkedIn for suitable candidates based on their job titles and experience shown on their LinkedIn profiles. In addition, if someone has also sent their CV to the recruiter to apply for a job, they will double-check their LinkedIn profile matches their CV. As times are moving forward, recruiters are using LinkedIn more and more to recruit new staff. Therefore, you should keep it regularly updated with current work experience. Your profile is all about you and enables you to demonstrate your strengths and show why you are different from other candidates.

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Insights | Nov 16

Pursue a Career as a Commercial Pilot

​ Are you are looking to become a pilot and have a long successful career with great opportunities and to meet people all over the world, but always wondered how? A career as a pilot often pays well and comes with various benefits including, reduced airline tickets and hotel stays but, this varies from airline to airline. If being a pilot is the career of your choice, it will be very costly and requires a lot of self-funded private training before you can look at applying for a pilot job. What are the different types of pilots?There are two primary types of aircraft, these are fixed-wing (pilot) and rotary wing (helicopter). Also, there are three different flying groups: private, commercial, and military. Private pilots – these usually include Cessna and Piper planes and are 2-4 seaters. You tend to see these planes flying much lower in the sky compared to cargo planes. Private pilots fly at their leisure. Commercial pilots – requires additional training compared to private pilots, and also a minimum of 200 hours qualifying flight experience, meaning they will qualify for a Commercial Pilots License (CPL). If they hold this license, they can fly planes for all different airline companies allowing passengers to travel around the world and transport cargo and are allowed to receive money to do so. Military pilots – follow a separate path to private and commercial pilots. They are required to take a different type of training which enables them to control/manage aircrafts in the armed forces. To become a military pilot, you must join the RAF, Royal Navy, British Army, and Air cadets air squadron.Commercial PilotTo become an airline Commercial Pilot, you need to gain your ATPL exam qualifications, which are achieved through an aviation academy or flight school. With the ATPL exams passed, plus Commercial Pilots licence and Instrument Rating training you will hold what is known as Frozen ATPL (or fATPL) you can apply for first Officer jobs working beside a captain. To become a captain, you must have a minimum of 1500 hours of flight time behind you and meet a specific standard, this ‘unfreezes your fATPL to allow you to carry out the role as Captain). The role of a Captain comes with a much higher salary but a significant increase of responsibility. Skillset needed for training to be a Pilot:Personal attributes: you must have a great interest, desire, and enthusiasm for flight, technical ability, able to deal with demand and structural thought. Secondary education grades: You must show qualifications for GCSE grades A-C in Maths, English, and Science.Medical certificate: You must hold an official Medical Certificate (Class 1 for Commercial Pilots, and Class 2 for Private Pilots). To show proof, you have passed your eyesight, hearing, coordination, and general health test which you need throughout your pilot career. Age and correct qualifications: You are entitled to apply for the training at 17 years old however you must be 18 to start the training. You need to meet the requirements to live in the country the training occurs in. Assessment: You will be required to carry out various tests that includes; Computer-based aptitude testing, personality questions, teamwork exercises, and competency-based interview questions that allow the interviewee to find out whether you will succeed as a pilot and this is a suitable career path for you.Different Paths to take to achieve your career as a pilotThere are two routes you can take to become a pilot. Whether you decide to study at a university (which isn’t vital) or, if you are sure you would like to have a career as a commercial pilot then, it would be beneficial for you to start your private training and would be more cost-effective in the long run.However, if you are not 100% sure, you can study Private Pilot’s license at university, this will not give you the full qualification, and additional training and studying are required. In addition, to be accepted for a university, you will be expected to have A-Levels or similar.How to gain your fATPL Licence: There are 3 different ways you can achieve your fATPL training these include:Integrated Training Modular and integrated training are not similar, but they can still achieve the same result. Integrated training is where you will start the training right from the beginning and, modular training is where you should have PPL already and work for 150 hours prior to training. Unfortunately, like everything, the private training is costly and varies between £80,000-£90,000 and added extras. The integrated course runs on average, for 18 months and includes a mixture of theory teaching and practical flying time. This course is strongly advised if you are looking to start with an airline and even though you may have zero flying time, you are more likely to be accepted from taking this course. Modular Training You can train/study Modular training alongside you working, but the downside is that there is no set time limit where the course needs completing by. You are also unable to begin your commercial pilot training until you have met the entry criteria, which includes having your PPL and completing 150 hours of flying.Multi-Crew Pilot Licence This type of license can stop pilots from being able to work for certain airlines and aircraft. This route isn't advisable unless you know you have a job opportunity at the end of your training.Registered training providersCivil Aviation Authority: https://www.caa.co.uk/Data-and-analysis/Approved-persons-and-organisations/Datasets/Lists-of-approved-persons-and-organisations/Pilot-training-providers---ATOs-and-RTFs/University courses:Private Pilot Licence (PPL)Private Pilot Licence and ground instruction theory (ATPL)Frozen ATPL goes hand in hand with the Private Aviation Training Schools providing the whole knowledge and practice you need. There will be numerous written exams that you have to sit/pass to gain your commercial pilot licence, these include:Air lawAircraft general knowledge: airframe/systems/powerplantAircraft general knowledge: instrumentationMass and balancePerformanceFlight planning and monitoringHuman performanceMeteorologyGeneral navigationRadio navigationOperational proceduresPrinciples of flightCommunications: visual flight rules (VFR) and instrument flight rules (IFR) KSA – Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes Overall Becoming a pilot has many pros and very few cons but, it is a great career choice. If this is the career you would like to pursue, please consider the study route and how quickly you would like to become a pilot. When you have passed your qualifications, we could help you find your first job, therefore don’t forget to keep an eye on our website to see all the jobs we are recruiting for.

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Insights | Nov 09

The Aviation Industry Begins To Take Flight

​When the pandemic first hit, the aviation industry came to a halt, which meant that many people lost their jobs, countries closed their borders, planes were parked up on runways or put in storage and, some retired earlier than planned. However, as the adult population began to be fully vaccinated and restrictions started to ease in April, we have seen the Aviation industry increase dramatically. Therefore, there has been a rise in aviation jobs and the number of flights taking off. Summer 2021Towards the end of summer, the flight industry saw a 51% increase in July 2021 of scheduled seats per week globally compared to July 2020. When the holiday season hit towards the end of July, it meant that the flight capacity for European holidays heightened to 21.5 million scheduled seats. For more information regarding statistics of flights visit here: https://blog.ch-aviation.com/2021/07/27/since-the-covid-19-outbreak-capacity-numbers-are-at-an-all-time-high/The furlough scheme ended at the end of September 2021, and we could expect to see more redundancies in the aviation industry and further businesses going into administration. Changes to the travel traffic light system will show fewer countries to appear on the red list. All countries on the amber and green have combined to form one list and, you will no longer be required to take a PCR test 3 days prior to travelling to the UK if you are fully vaccinated. However, the requirement to take a PCR test 2 days after arriving in the UK was still in place. The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has stated the aviation industry has overcome the most difficult times of the Covid Pandemic and has advised the government to reduce the travel rules and allow for borders to open. Although in 2022, reports show there will still be a predicted loss of £8.5bn and, the industry is working towards a slow but positive recovery. For example, Ryanair has seen an increase in passengers on their flights. The London Stock exchange reported on their passenger traffic data that Ryanair passengers increased from 5.2m in September 2020 to 10.6m in September 2021, which overall shows an 81% increase from the year before.Australia’s borders have finally opened at the beginning of November. They have had their borders shut since the beginning of the Pandemic March 2020, which equates to nearly 600 days.What We Have Seen So FarAs we head into Winter 2021/22, airlines are not forthcoming with adding capacity too soon. Although, they have seen positive changes happening and more customers booking winter holidays, especially in October half term. For example, Spain has seen a 1.9% growth for its flight schedule between November 21 - March 22, which is more than their schedule in 2019, pre-pandemic. Canary and Balearic Islands have also seen a 10% increase in their flight schedule for this year compared to 2019.  From Sunday 24th October, the government relaxed the rules further by, fully vaccinated holidaymakers returning from non-red-list countries are not required to take a PCR test 2-days after arriving in the UK. Instead, you are required to take a lateral flow test booked through private providers and, the test is a lot cheaper compared to the original PCR tests.Positive Impact For Resource GroupOverall, the aviation industry is finally looking up, and reports show that traffic will not return to normal until at least 2024, with business travel taking longer than leisure trips.At Resource Group, we have seen positive movements with aviation companies recruiting for new opportunities in the industry. Whether this is for flight crew, engineers, mechanics, and office roles, there are a lot of jobs available - click here to see: https://www.employment.resourcegroup.co.uk/jobs.In September, we saw our Resource Training solutions welcome 14 students from Airbus Helicopters, Airtanker, JMI, and DEA starting their exciting learning journey consisting of a fully approved Level 3 CAT A Aviation Maintenance Apprenticeship programme. They will be training with us for the next 10-months at our training facility in Cirencester to produce a safe and competent, work-ready apprentice that can actively contribute to their workforce. But it doesn’t stop there because we are already looking to recruit our next cohort of apprenticeships next year Jan/Feb 2022 for more of our world-leading clients. This is all positive news for Resource Group and, we hope to continue growing our company.  

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