I came across an add for a cabin crew course organised by the Finnish flag carrier Finnair. As I'm interested in this field, I thought I have a look at the requirements. To my surprise, I noticed the course, which used to be free of cost, has now a whooping price tag of 1731€! Also, the add is in English, which has not been the case before (not that I have noticed anyway), but in the requirements it is mentioned fluent Finnish is mandatory for participants. Also, the nature of the course has been changed from "doorway to Finnair employee" to "general course to become cabin crew".
Is this a general practice in other coutnries? I have heard something similar in France. How does this work in practice. If I compare this to my own experience when I trained to be crew for a British holiday airline, we had safety training linked to the specific aircraft types the airline operated with. Now, if the course is "on general bases", how does the crew member then get qualified on a type of aircraft used by the airline he or she becomes employed by after the course? How about the differences in service culture? Finnair cannot train u to do BA
service, for example. Has the recruitment of cabin crew changed to individual picking rather than holding a course for new crew members like it at least used to be? This is all new to me, and I thought I was well informed!
Share your input how recruitment is done in your area/countries. Also, what you think about the price? Fair enough, it's not anywehere near as expensive as pilot trainig, but still 1700€ for a job that used to be free to be trained to...
Finnair cabin crew course
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