A new advert by the UK Government has caused uproar within the aviation community. The advert pictured a female pilot with the words “Naomi’s next job could be in cyber. (she just doesn’t know it yet)”, echoing an advert which was criticised at the beginning of the month for similar reasons.
Naomi has probably spent £100k+ and several years training to become a pilot, is doing a job which powers our economy, trade and global connectivity, is extremely skilled, and has probably seen her career put at risk through a total lack of Government support for aviation. https://t.co/N0W93F44US
— BALPA (@BALPApilots) October 26, 2020
This was further echoed in an article in the Independent, where BALPA general secretary Brian Strutton further highlighted the lack of support from the government and the number of pilots who have lost their job as a result of the pandemic.
Training to become a pilot costs upwards of £100,000 and many pilots have lost their jobs but still need to pay off outstanding training debts. PilotsTogether is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to help and support all pilots who have been made redundant as a result of Covid-19. Find out how you can become involved by visiting the Find Help or Give Help sections of our website.