The first batch of British Airways apprentices on the UK’s largest Cabin Crew Apprenticeship Scheme have graduated and received their wings. Comprising of 84 apprentices, one of the successful candidates is Dalla Chapman, 46, a mother of four. She was joined at her graduation ceremony by her daughter, Molly, who also serves as cabin crew for the airline.
Following graduation, Dallas and the rest of the apprentices will continue to be trained and supported in securing a new industry-recognised Level 3 Cabin Crew Apprenticeship standard. The programme will see them gain qualifications in English, Maths and Digital Skills.
Commenting on the achievement, Dallas shared: “Before joining British Airways I was a social worker and I also worked in sales and marketing. It sounds like a cliché but I've always wanted to be cabin crew. I have four children, so I've always had to be near home, but now is my time.
“Molly convinced me to apply. She said 'Mum, there are so many more mature people becoming cabin crew now.' We both chose British Airways because it’s synonymous with quality and I feel so proud every time I put on the uniform. The fact I am an apprentice is exciting; I’m really enjoying learning new skills for the next phase of my career and I feel confident I'll be supported throughout the 12 months of the apprenticeship. It’s brilliant that I'll have a qualification I can keep forever.”
Commenting on the programme, British Airways’ Apprenticeships & Emerging Talent Manager, Karen Hewitt, said: “I’m delighted we have presented our very first group of cabin crew apprentices with their wings, as they complete the initial part of their apprenticeship. They will now serve our customers at 40,000 feet in the air, across our huge global network, while receiving our full support to achieve their qualification by the end of their first 12 months with us.
“We’re proud to welcome cabin crew apprentices of all ages and backgrounds. They’re joining the airline at an incredibly exciting time, as British Airways celebrates its centenary and invests £6.5bn for customers, and I would urge anyone who thinks they would be a fantastic fit for British Airways to apply for this unique apprenticeship opportunity today.”