Careers in the air - Cadet Pilot Programme

Application process has now closed. Thank you for your interest.

Starting in November 2018, this intensive programme combines classroom study with practical flight training. You will also receive regular mentoring, guidance and support from your Aer Lingus Liaison Pilot.

Successful candidates will begin a very intensive training program lasting over 14 months. They will return to Aer Lingus to start a long career as a first officer on our most modern Airbus A320 and A321 LR NEO aircraft in 2020.

Competition is expected to be extremely high for a limited number of positions. Candidates are advised to apply early and prepare carefully.

Maybe you have what it takes and you never realised a career in the skies was possible. Smart chooses a career in an Aer Lingus Airbus Cockpit.

Once you qualify you will receive a Multi Pilot's Commercial Licence and a position in the right hand seat of an Airbus Aircraft. When you return to Dublin you will be scheduled for the A320 Type Rating course lasting approximately 12 weeks where you will learn how to fly our modern fleet of aircraft 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. If you are technically-minded, mature, responsible and committed to succeed then maybe a career in aviation is for you? If you have excellent communication, problem-solving and teamwork skills, as well as an appreciation of the service our guests deserve maybe a leadership role with us can become the key to your future career plan. If that sounds interesting and Aer Lingus fits with your own values and attitude then apply today and kick start your career with us. This is a fantastic opportunity to join our team of diverse and talented individuals who make our business a success. We are searching for candidates who are willing to balance a fast paced, technically challenging and dynamic environment, with safety and exceptional customer service.

Now you can apply to join a really great team connecting Ireland to the globe for over 80 years.

Future Pilot Programme 2018

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Dear Applicant

Aer Lingus has a unique and proud history of Mentored 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. Perhaps you never even considered a pilot career until now but we are looking for candidates with a diverse background and education to join our team.

Flight Operations are very pleased to launch our 2018 Future Pilot Training Programme. This programme will be delivered in cooperation with our chosen Flight Training School. The initial 14 month training programme will include the Airbus 320 Type Rating Course.

To achieve a place on this course, you need to be highly motivated and must demonstrate the aptitude to become a commercial pilot. If successful, your journey towards becoming a qualified Airbus A320 pilot with Aer Lingus will begin in November 2018.

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

Captain Steve Kelly,
Manager Pilot Recruitment

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Essential criteria for application

  • 18 years of age on or before 1st January 2018
  • 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 O5 grades in English and Mathematics at ordinary level or H6 at higher level in the Leaving Certificate
  • You must also have a minimum of 2 higher level subjects with a minimum of H5 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
  • Flexibility and willingness to work unsociable hours at times
  • Strong communicator who acts with integrity
  • Well-developed decision making skills
  • Technical awareness
  • 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

All completed online application forms must be submitted by 17.00 GMT on Sunday 13th May 2018

  • 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
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the group assessment stage which will be held in Dublin between Monday 16th July 2018 and Friday 27th July 2018
  • 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 O5 grades in English and Mathematics at ordinary level or H6 at higher level in the Leaving Certificate
  • You must also have a minimum of 2 higher level subjects with a minimum of H5 grades in the Leaving Certificate

*Equivalent grades are as follows:

  • GCSE Mathematics 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 17.00 GMT on Sunday 13th May 2018. 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.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the assessment centre stage which will be held in Dublin between Monday 16th July 2018 to Friday 27th July 2018.
  • 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 centres.

The courses will begin during November 2018, with training estimated to finish in March/April 2020.

No, this is a fully integrated course and 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 before they commence training.

Confirmation of 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 to cover the cost of your training and other associated costs 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 Class 1 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.

Future Pilot Programme 2018

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