British Airways aims to recruit more than 2,000 cabin crew in 2019, with many coming from a new apprenticeship scheme.

Successful candidates with no prior cabin crew experience will train through the 12-month intensive apprenticeship programme.

Apprentices will continue their learning in the air and on the ground following a training course at the airline’s Global Learning Academy, including customer service, aviation safety and security.

They have the chance to gain qualifications in English, maths and digital skills, plus access to a dedicated mobile app to track their progress and continuous development from a certified apprenticeship coach.

BA apprentices currently work in engineering, customer service and head office roles.

The airline’s Global Learning Academy has recently achieved the status of a registered ‘Employer Provider’ of apprenticeships, enabling it to continue delivering specialist airline learning, while also offering employees enhanced skills and professional qualifications.

Dozens of apprentices from across the airline attended Skills London this weekend, the UK’s biggest careers event for 15 to 24-year-olds, and spoke to thousands of young people about their experience at BA.

Chief learning officer Nigel Jeremy, announcing the training enhancements and the new cabin crew apprenticeship programme, said: “Apprenticeships are for people of all ages and backgrounds, and we’re delighted to be offering the UK’s largest cabin crew apprenticeship scheme as part of our cabin crew training at our world-class learning academy.

“We are looking for candidates who can offer exceptional customer service.

“The scheme has already proved to be extremely popular, and as we head towards our centenary year in 2019, there couldn’t be a better time to join the airline.”