Aer Lingus Welcomes New Recruits For Pilot Cadetship

Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus has welcomed its newest group of recruits for the 2016 Cadet Pilot Training Programme. This year’s campaign attracted a huge response with over 2800 applications for the 12 places available. Since the programme was re-introduced, almost 60 cadets have been chosen, of which 15 per cent have been female. This year’s group of twelve recruits (of which four are female) hail from Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. The cadets will begin a fourteen month training course during January with FTEJerez, a leading flight training organisation, based in Jerez, Spain. The training includes five months of ground school followed by initial flight training on single and multi-engine aircraft and aircraft simulators. The cadets will then return to Dublin to complete further training, including an airline transition course, and their A320 Type Rating course. This will include technical knowledge and simulator training and examination. Following successful completion of this course, the cadets will receive their wings and commence flying the airline’s fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft. This is the fourth Aer Lingus Cadet Pilot Training Programme to commence since 2011. Together with the re-launch of the airline’s aircraft maintenance and engineering apprentice scheme in 2011 and the recently launched IT graduate programme, this forms part of the airline’s overall commitment to develop talent from within. Welcoming the new recruits, Mike Rutter Chief Operating Officer Aer Lingus said;“Aer Lingus has a proud history of providing young people with long term career opportunities through pilot cadetships, apprentice engineer programmes and other graduate training programmes. We believe in investing in the future and providing young people with the opportunity to enjoy long and fulfilling careers in aviation. We wish our newest team members continued success as they embark on this exciting journey to become the next generation of Aer Lingus pilots and captains.”