easyJet has appointed the first cohort to its new cabin crew apprenticeship scheme - the first of its type under the new UK government apprenticeship standards.

Twenty-five new cabin crew apprentices will go through a 12 month training programme commencing this September at easyJet's training academy at London Gatwick airport. After completing their initial cabin crew training, the apprentices will receive further on the job coaching and development including regular progress checks with their training coach.

easyJet's Director of Cabin Services, Tina Milton said: "We are very pleased to offer this new cabin crew apprenticeship. It will give the recruits the opportunity to earn an industry recognised qualification, as well as gain their easyJet cabin crew wings."

Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg commented: "We need to inspire the next generation to pursue rewarding careers in aviation like cabin crew, air traffic control and engineering. easyJet's investment is ensuring young people have the skills they need to join our flourishing aviation industry."

The new cabin crew apprenticeship scheme complements easyJet's already comprehensive cabin crew training programme on all aspects of air safety and customer service. The apprentices will receive a Government accredited apprenticeship qualification.

Prospective candidates for future cabin crew apprenticeship openings at the airline can register interest via Talented@easyjet.com