KTMA bosses have warned that job applicants who claim they are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and are seeking help for mental health problems are being ignored.
The UK’s biggest carrier has been hit by a backlash following a survey revealing that up to 60 per cent of the passengers in its fleet are struggling with post traumatic anxiety, a condition that can lead to suicidal thoughts.
The survey found that one in three passengers said they had experienced post traumatic trauma and it is a serious issue for the carrier and the industry, with nearly one in four people reporting suffering from mental health issues.
KTMA has responded by offering to train its pilots and its pilots to become telecommunication apprentices.KTMA boss John Leung told a meeting of the UK’s National Transport Safety Bureau that the company’s apprenticeship scheme is a virtual reality for those seeking work.
“It’s just an exciting way to look at it, a way to go into the workplace, to become an apprentice,” Mr Leung said.
“If you look at the whole world, what’s important is you look for people who are qualified and ready to work.”KTMA is a key operator of the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets and its flagship Boeing 777X aircraft.
The company is also one of the world’s biggest telecommunications providers, providing over 1,500 gigabytes of data to the UK government and more than one billion calls per year to the nation’s 4.3 million households.KTMD is the UK branch of a global company known as the “telecommunications infrastructure” provider (TIP), which has been under scrutiny in recent years.
The regulator is examining whether it is abusing its power to impose conditions on operators such as TIPs, which include requirements for their contracts to be renewed on a fixed-term basis.
KTMD has faced pressure from the British public over its treatment of pilots and pilots’ families who say it is putting the lives of their loved ones at risk.KTEMA has been criticised for not providing sufficient training to pilots and families.
A recent review by the National Union of Students found that the organisation was “not doing enough to ensure the safety of pilots” and was not training its pilots for an aviation industry they are in no position to lead.
“The British people need to be assured that the safety and well-being of pilots, their families and their passengers is top of mind when making their business decisions,” the report said.KTMH has also been criticised by pilots for not requiring pilots to attend a series of safety and training seminars that have been held for a decade.KTMs pilots have faced criticism from the public and the government, with many calling for them to be made to pay for the cost of the seminars, which they say cost millions of pounds.KTM says its apprenticeships offer “a new way of working and training”, but has faced criticism for failing to offer the same kind of support to pilots who are experiencing mental health challenges.KTMB said it had “made significant progress” in training pilots to operate the company planes and is now offering pilots a new set of courses to take into the air.
The airline said it has received a number of complaints about its apprentices program.
“We are aware of some of the comments made about our apprenticeship program.
We will be responding to these and are working closely with pilots, unions and the National Transport Agency to provide an appropriate response,” the airline said in a statement.