I can totally see where MikeD is coming from. There's details about this that we do not know. I think it's great if the state wants to pay for it, but as mshunter said it should be something like "job shadowing" or an internship...not acting as a required crewmember by any means. We have to protect jobs for those that are qualified. Under those strict circumstances this could be beneficial. But let's face the reality of what can and probably will happen: Not sure of the stipulations of this program, but something like this is bound to happen if there are not rules set in place for employers. jhugz is right about that. And to the OP, I know you have good intentions of wanting to get your foot in the door, but what about the guy behind you? What happens after YOUR six weeks are up and there's people lined up behind you willing to do the same? Do they take the next guy and send you on your way? I'm not trying to jump all over your case, but I just think it would be nice if we knew more specifics about this program and what employers can and can't do. This is a very sensitive subject in this community, and I'm just trying to defend my future as a pilot like everyone else here.