Careers in the air - Cadet Pilot Programme

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Starting in January 2017, successful candidates will spend approximately 14 months at Flight Training Europe in Jerez, Spain. This intensive programme combines classroom study with practical flight training. You will also receive regular mentoring, guidance and support from your Cadet Liaison Pilot.

Once qualified you will receive a Commercial Pilots Licence with Multi Engine Instrument Rating. When you return to Dublin you will be scheduled for A320 Type Rating lasting approximately 12 weeks where you will learn how to fly our aircrafts across Europe. This is your chance to make a smart choice and let your career take off with Aer Lingus.

We are looking to attract talented people who are motivated, engaged and passionate about aviation. Our Cadets are technically-minded, mature, responsible and committed to succeed. They have excellent communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills, as well as an appreciation of the service our guests deserve. If that sounds familiar and fits with your values and attitude then apply today and kick start your career with Aer Lingus. This is a fantastic opportunity to join our team of talented individuals who make our business a success.

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Dear Applicant

Aer Lingus has a unique and proud history of Mentored Cadet Pilot Training which spans over five decades. During this time, these training programmes have provided an opportunity for many people to pursue their dream of becoming an Airline Pilot.

Our highly successful schemes continue to provide excellent Airline Pilot opportunities for those with the desired qualities and ambition.

Here in the Flight Operations Training Department we are very pleased to launch our 2017 Mentored Cadet Pilot Training Programme. This programme will be delivered in cooperation with our chosen Flight Training School; Flight Training Europe at Jerez. The initial training will take place in Spain and will be followed by the Airbus 320 Type Rating Course in Dublin.

To achieve a place on this course, you need to be highly motivated and must demonstrate the passion to become a pilot.

If successful, your journey towards becoming a qualified Airbus A320 pilot with Aer Lingus will begin in January 2017.

May I take this opportunity to wish you every success with your application.

Captain Eamon Kierans,
Manager Training & Standards

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Essential criteria for application

  • 18 years of age on or before 1st January 2016
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Eligible to live and work permanently in the EU
  • Up-to-date unrestricted worldwide passport
  • Able to pass an airport security vetting procedure, including a five-year background check*
  • Two verifiable references
  • Able to obtain an EASA / IAA issued Class 1 Medical, including successfully passing a colour blindness test. Please refer to www.iaa.ie prior to application to ensure you can meet all medical requirements in line with eyesight/colour blindness limitations

*If you are a not an Irish citizen, you will require a current police disclosure certificate from your home country if successful

*If you have resided outside the Republic of Ireland for six months or more, you will also require a current police disclosure certificate from that country/countries

Minimum Educational criteria:

  • You must have passed your Leaving Certificate (6 subjects) or equivalent
  • You must have obtained C3 grades in English and Mathematics at ordinary level or D3 at higher level in the Leaving Certificate
  • You must also have a minimum of 2 higher level subjects with a minimum of C3 grades in the Leaving Certificate
    *Equivalent grades are as follows:
  • GCSE Maths and English must be minimum of grade C plus
  • 3 A Levels taken at A2 level in any subject with minimum grades C,C,D

Where the minimum Leaving Certificate or equivalent grades have not been met, you must have one of the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Level 7 third level (ordinary degree) in any discipline
  • Completed an aviation-related apprenticeship

Key competencies and skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong communicator who acts with integrity
  • Well-developed decision making skills
  • Technical aptitude
  • Strong team player with ability to build and maintain positive working relationships and demonstrate leadership qualities
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability and motivation to achieve a consistently high level of performance

Next stages of the process

  • Extended closing date - all completed online application forms must be submitted by midnight (IST) on Monday 11th July 2016
  • No further applications will be accepted after that time
  • You will receive an email acknowledging that we have received your application.
  • Applications will be screened.
  • Candidates who progress through the screening will receive on-line assessments and will be given 72 hours to complete. It is in your best interest to complete the assessments as soon as possible. After this time the link will no longer be available.
  • Successful candidates at this point will receive another link for the next online assessment via e-mail.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the group assessment stage which will be held in Dublin between Monday 26th September 2016 and Friday 30th September 2016
  • Please note that you will be required to provide copies of your Leaving Certificate or equivalent (including any third level degree or aviation related apprenticeship) to verify that you meet the essential criteria at the group assessment centre stage in Dublin.
  • Candidates may also be asked to retake the online assessments during the assessment centre.
  • Part of the selection process involves passing a Class 1 and company medical.

Aer Lingus is an equal opportunities employer

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  • You must have passed your Leaving Certificate (6 subjects) or equivalent*
  • You must have obtained C3 grades in English and Mathematics at ordinary level or D3 at higher level in the Leaving Certificate
  • You must also have a minimum of 2 higher level subjects with a minimum of C3 grades in the Leaving Certificate

*Equivalent grades are as follows:

  • GCSE Maths and English must be minimum of grade C plus
  • 3 A Levels taken at A2 level in any subject with minimum grades C,C,D

Where the minimum Leaving Certificate or equivalent grades have not been met, you must have one of the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Level 7 third level (ordinary degree) in any discipline
  • Completed an aviation-related apprenticeship

Please find an information page relating to educational requirements and educational qualifications in the link below, this should assist you in working out the equivalent.

https://qhelp.qqi.ie/learners/qualifications-recognition-advice/comparing-qualifications-in-the-uk-and-ireland/Qualifications_Can_Cross_Boundaries.pdf

Please read this information carefully to see if you have the necessary qualifications to apply.

No. The training course runs to a fixed timetable, you may however be able to complete your college course via distance learning or as a part-time option once your training is finished.

  • All completed online application forms must be submitted by midnight (IST) on Monday 11th July 2016. No further applications will be accepted after that time
  • You will receive an email acknowledging that we have received your application.
  • Applications will be screened.
  • Candidates who progress through the screening will receive on-line assessments and will be given 72hours to complete. It is in your best interest to complete the assessments as soon as possible. After this time the link will no longer be available.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the group assessment stage which will be held in Dublin between Monday 26th September 2016 and Friday 30th September 2016.
  • Please note that you will be required to provide copies of your Leaving Certificate or equivalent (including any third level degree or aviation related apprenticeship) to verify that you meet the essential criteria at the group assessment centre stage in Dublin.
  • Candidates may also be asked to retake the online assessments during the assessment centre.
  • Part of the selection process involves passing a Class 1 and company medical.

No unfortunately, we cannot facilitate any changes to the dates. As there are a very limited number of slots available there is no room for any flexibility in changing dates and/or times for the assessment centers or interviews.

The courses will begin during January 2017, with training estimated to finish in March/April 2018 at Flight Training Europe in Jerez, Spain.

No, this is an integrated course and the accommodation will be available on campus.

There are a number of blocks of leave built into the course. The first is timed to coincide with the completion of the first set of exams. (5 months into the course) There will also be a period over Christmas, depending on the arrangements at the school. The exact detail will be provided to candidates when they commence training in FTE Jerez.

Confirmation of any available funding will be confirmed during the recruitment process. You will be responsible for any additional expenses incurred during the period of training. You should plan to have sufficient funds available to you for the period of the training.

Yes. Aer Lingus will provide a small allowance during the course.

Yes, there will be a bond in place during your training, and for a period after you commence as a First Officer.

If you leave immediately following qualification you will be liable to repay the entire cost of your training.

The bond will remain in place for a set period. The amount due will reduce depending on how long you have remained in employment following qualification.

It is only due to be paid if you resign from the company within the period of the bond. The final details of this will be confirmed to each successful candidate.

We will make the necessary travel arrangements at the start and end of the training programme. It is envisaged that for the main periods of leave, tickets will be provided, on a standby basis, back to Dublin.

The course is very intensive and has a number of exams and flight tests throughout the 14 months. However, family visits can be planned for times when they will not interfere/distract from your studies.

No. We do not provide assistance to candidates attending for assessments or interview.

Yes you will be required to complete an EASA IAA Class 1 medical examination and an Aer Lingus Company medical prior to being offered a position on the Mentored Cadet Pilot Training Programme.

No. You will be required to undergo an IAA Class1 medical examination.

No but you will have to apply to transfer your Class 1 medical to the IAA. This process will be explained at a later stage in the process should you be successful. Please consult the medical requirements for an EASA Class 1 medical on www.IAA.ie to ensure that you can satisfy all the requirements.

Cadet Training 2017

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