Your year as a Pilot Apprentice

Pathway to the flight deck 

Our scheme has been running now for over 10 years during which time we have welcomed over 30 courses of Pilot Apprentices into the business.  During this time, we have invested in developing and supporting our future pilots into the cockpit through our innovative scheme.  Flexibility is the key to our success and no two courses are the same, but you can expect to experience all the following when you join us. 

 Business Development 

During this phase, you will meet a number of different departments around the business learning about how we work together to run our award-winning airline.  You will learn about and experience departments as diverse as Marketing, Engineering, IT, Procurement, Finance, the Holidays team and Flight Operations.  Sessions may be delivered face to face or online but all we ask is that you learn and develop during this phase and take your learning into the flight deck. 

 Cabin Crew 

You will qualify as Cabin Crew through a condensed training course, collecting your Wings on successful completion.  You will then operate as fully trained member of the team with your attestation in hand. 

 This gives pilots a fantastic insight into the challenges facing their Cabin Crew colleagues and allows the Cabin Crew community the opportunity to meet their future flight deck colleagues. 

 It is a real advantage to a future First Officer or Captain to understand the demands placed upon Cabin Crew and the critical functions that they perform.  This makes for great teamwork – working as One Team is one of our values. 

 Base / Crew-Room Phase 

Whilst on the scheme, you will be allocated to one of our bases.  The main objective during this phase is to immerse yourself in the life of crew-room and to support the various teams working there. 

 A key function of the Pilot Apprentice in base is to support your future flight crew colleagues.  You’ll take responsibility for collating their paperwork and liaising with the Flight Planning team.  You might also find yourself supporting local Cabin Crew management, Ground Operations, and the Front of House Customer Helpers. 

 Alongside this, you will also have time to visit partner areas around the airport such as ATC, Engineering, Airfield Ops, the airfield Fire Station and other service providers.  Each base is different so experiences will vary but opportunities are there for the taking. 

 We also allow time for self-study during your working days in base.  Your Aircrew Manager, Pilot Base Manager, Trainers, and wider aircrew community are all there to help support your development. 

 Jet Orientation Course (JOC) and Type-Rating 

Upon successful completion of the phases above after around 12 months in your apprentice phase, we offer you our in-house JOC course at our state-of-the-art simulator training facility.  This is followed by a type-rating on one of our jet aircraft and the beginning of a fantastic career with one of the UK’s leading leisure airlines.