Virgin Atlantic is aiming to make a flying career truly accessible to everyone – thanks to the re-launch of its Future Flyers Programme for 2017. Now in its third year, the airline is offering 12 spaces on its record breaking programme, which leads directly to a job as an airline pilot with Virgin Atlantic.
Delivered in partnership with world-leading airline training organisation CTC Aviation, recruits will be the only ones in Europe to launch their career on a wide body A330 aircraft, operating flights to a variety of global destinations as far as Delhi, New York and Barbados.
With a real emphasis on diversifying the backgrounds of its pilots, Virgin Atlantic has welcomed cadets from a plethora of skill sets, which so far have included paramedics, a policeman, a bartender, a credit controller and even a ski instructor. Moreover, the number of women who have secured a place on the programme is significant by industry standards: 22% of those currently in training are female, compared to the average of around five per cent across the global pilot workforce.
The training programme also boasts an innovative funding solution, aiming to widen access to training, whereby Virgin Atlantic underwrites loans for successful outstanding applicants who require financial support, and provides full-time employment to all those who successfully complete the training programme.
Dave Kistruck, Vice President of Flight Operations commented;
Our Future Flyers Programme continues to receive record applications and really underpins the importance of opening up access to everyone who has ever dreamed of becoming a pilot. I’m excited we’re continuing to work with our partners at CTC to make a flying career truly accessible for everyone – whatever their background.
Successful candidates will embark on an 18-month journey from trainee through to first officer at CTC Aviation’s new generation Crew Training Centres in both the UK and New Zealand; training on state-of-the-art Cessna aircraft and Airbus full-flight simulators; supported by highly qualified instructor teams and a renowned history of providing the highest-calibre pilots for many international airlines.
The programme also offers the opportunity to complete a BSc Honours Degree in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice – in partnership with Middlesex University – alongside training.
Applications now open at www.virginatlantic.com/careers