Virgin Atlantic wants to make a flying career accessible to everyone – and has announced the re-launch of its Future Flyers programme for 2017.
The programme leads directly to a job as an airline pilot for Virgin Atlantic and there are 12 spaces available for the training, which will be 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.
Virgin Atlantic is aiming to diversify the background of its pilots and has already welcomed cadets from a plethora of skill sets on previous programmes, including paramedics, a policeman, a bartender, a credit controller and a ski instructor. The number of women who have secured a place on the programme is significant by industry standard, with females accounting for 22 per cent of those currently in training, compared to an average of around five per cent across the global pilot workforce.
As well as improving gender diversity, Virgin Atlantic is working to make flying a more diverse industry with an innovative funding solution to make training accessible to more people. Virgin Atlantic will underwrite loans for successful outstanding applicants who require financial support and provide full-time employment to all those who successfully complete the training programme.
“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,” Dave Kistruck, vice president of flight operations at Virgin Atlantic, said. “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 undergo 18 months of training at CTC Aviation’s new generation Crew Training Centres in both the UK and New Zealand. They will train on state-of-the-art Cessna aircraft and Airbus full-flight simulators, supported by highly qualified instructor teams. Thanks to a partnership with Middlesex University, trainees will also have the opportunity to complete a BSc Honours Degree in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice alongside their training.
Virgin Atlantic is accepting applications for the Future Flyers programme until November 14th, 2016. Find out more and apply now on the Virgin Atlantic careers website.