Sadly this is more the norm outside of North America. Many Europeans kids seem to go pay this $30,000 for an A320 or B737 type rating just to get a job. The fact that it is $30,000 is shocking in and of itself. Once can do either rating in the States for closer to $10,000.
There are places that are doing the whole zero hours to right seat of an A320 for over $100,000. Air Arabia comes to mind. They then make crap pay for a few years in hopes of a quick upgrade.
I keep saying, "wouldn't it be great if nobody offered to pay for their type ratings, then the airlines would be forced to do pay for it". Pilots are their own worst enemies, but the mentality in Europe seems far different on this topic than it is in the USA so it's an extremely steep uphill battle.