Ryanair has launched a recruitment drive that will see it fill hundreds of cabin crew positions in Ireland.
The recruitment, which will be carried out by its cabin crew service providers Crewlink and Dalmac, is looking to hire 'outgoing, friendly staff that can swim at least 20 metres unaided, are at least 5 foot 2 in height and are comfortable dealing with people in demanding situations', reports the Irish Independent.
No previous cabin crew experience is required as successful candidates will undergo six weeks of training in Hahn, Frankfurt.
The training centre incorporates academic aspects with social interaction, has seven classrooms, a fire chamber, 'in-water' training, a cabin training simulator which includes aircraft escape slide training. Those who are invited to the training centre have to pay a €500 registration fee, a reduced course fee of €2,199 and €700 for accommodation, however there is a 96 per cent success rate among students.
The likes of Aer Lingus and British Airways, which have a seven-week and five-week training course respectively, do not charge candidates for the training and in fact pay a basic salary for the duration. To make up for it, Crewlink provide "a competitive remuneration package including staff travel rates and a career full of travel, adventure and culture".
Those that get hired as Ryanair cabin crew will earn €1,100 to €1,400 per month after tax in their first year and will only work 900 flying hours per year. The airlines rota consists of "5 days working followed by 2 days off, 5 days working followed by 3 days off" with 20 days holidays per year".