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    Hi there! I am interested in a career in either Air Traffic Control or a Pilot, however I definitely will not be able to afford the training costs of being a pilot as it is over £100,000. I just wondered if anyone knew the best way to go about either of the jobs (via the RAF etc) which would mean that my training is paid for.

    I am uncertain on whether I would like to go to university because there is nothing at the moment which I am 100% interested in and so I am trying to explore other areas of interest.

    Thank you very much
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    That's not how pilot/ATC training works

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    Hi there! I am interested in a career in either Air Traffic Control or a Pilot, however I definitely will not be able to afford the training costs of being a pilot as it is over £100,000. I just wondered if anyone knew the best way to go about either of the jobs (via the RAF etc) which would mean that my training is paid for.

    I am uncertain on whether I would like to go to university because there is nothing at the moment which I am 100% interested in and so I am trying to explore other areas of interest.

    Thank you very much
    To begin with, they're pretty different roles so...you might want to look into the nature of the individual jobs and what it's like to work in them to make an informed decision.

    In general from what I've seen ATC positions you'll apply to training scheme (as a school leaver or otherwise) which will involve a year or two (I forget the exact length) of college based study/training where you'll be paid at a basic rate. You'll then later move into a formal role somewhere, at the usual starting rate.

    Pilot work is pretty varied but the usual approach is you go into a training scheme with an individual aviation company (such as easyJet) and they'll train you to fly their planes while you earn money. However you'll be "bonded" as the training costs more than you're being paid, and you'll need to continue working with them for a specified period afterwards to "pay it off" so to speak (you'll still be paid at whatever rates they advertise during this period). Once you have done so, I believe your pay should increase, but I'm not sure...in either case though you're only licensed to fly that companies planes, and only specific ones at that. You also normally don't start flying as the "primary" pilot for quite a few years as I understand.
 
 
 

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