Republic Airways Holdings Inc. (OTC: RJETQ) and Ohio State University have signed a career pipeline interview agreement that will increase Republic´s access to qualified applicants for pilots and to increase employment opportunities for Ohio State graduates, the companies said.
Republic college relations consultant Lauren McNamara said, “These partnerships are crucial for our Company in combatting the serious pilot shortage.”
Republic now boasts career pipeline interview agreements with 16 top aviation universities across the country, including Purdue University, Vincennes University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach and University of North Dakota, among others. The OSU agreement was signed during the annual NIFA Safecon national competition at Ohio State Airport (KOSU).
The career pipeline interview program allows aviation students to interview before they graduate. If all qualifications are met, students could be given a conditional offer of employment. Pilots also will receive a USD7,500 signing bonus upon employment.
Since beginning the pipeline agreement program late last fall, Republic has offered more than 100 conditional offers of employment to flight students who are building flight time.
Republic Airways Holdings Inc. is an airline holding company that owns Republic Airlines and Shuttle America. The airlines operate a combined fleet of about 200 aircraft and offer scheduled passenger service with approximately 1,000 flights daily to about 120 cities in the US, Canada and the Caribbean. The airlines provide fixed-fee flights operated under major airline partner brands of American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express.