Flight instructors with a basic qualification for ab initio training are being offered fully sponsored training to take them to multi-engine instrument rating instructor (IRI) and class rating instructor (CRI) level while being paid.
CTC Aviation Group, a UK-based flight-training organisation (FTO), says it is making the move in light of a predicted world shortage of airline pilots in the next few years.
"CTC is being proactive to ensure our supply of well-trained instructors," it says. "Our aim is to attract enthusiastic and dedicated instructors and develop their skills to an advanced level so that our [ab initio] trainees are assured of receiving the very best support through their training."
CTC says this sponsorship offers "the first of its kind in the industry". It explains: "As part of the programme, the fully sponsored instructors will benefit from two years of flight instructor experience with CTC's FTO division in Bournemouth, UK.
"On completion of the two years, CTC will offer the instructors continued employment or - for those aspiring to become airline pilots - the option of airline placement."
Capt Martin Hunt, operations director for CTC Aviation Training (UK), says: "We'd like to encourage applications from instructors with some experience but, more importantly, we want people with the right attitude.
"For those who impress us through our selection process, we will provide full sponsorship and an attractive salary package for the duration of the two-year programme. We want to attract the very best".
CTC says the "advanced instructor development programme" will be tailored to reflect the past experience of those selected, but could include a multi-engine pilot rating, a multi-engine instrument rating, and training to IRI and CRI level.
CTC-sponsored instructors will undertake its airline standard type rating instructor (TRI) core instructional skills course, it adds.
Applicants must have at least a class 1 medical; a commercial pilot licence; an unrestricted class A flight instructor rating; and a minimum of 450 flying hours total time with 150h of that under instrument flight rules.
CTC adds: "The key is that we attract individuals with the right attitude. We are determined to encourage talent and we hope that by removing the financial burden of self-funding, we will do just that."