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Bank of Ireland

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2016 Aer Lingus Cadet Pilot Training Programme Now Open for applications

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2016 Aer Lingus Cadet Pilot Training Programme Now Open for applications

Monday, September 07, 2015 

2016 Aer Lingus Cadet Pilot Training Programme Now Open for applications

The 2016 Aer Lingus Cadet Pilot Training Programme is now open for applications. If successful, your journey towards becoming a qualified Airbus A320 pilot with Aer Lingus will begin in January 2016 in FTE Jerez.

To ensure Aer Lingus can select the very best candidates for the Cadet Pilot Training Programme, the company are committing to funding the training required to qualify the successful candidates to fly our A320 aircraft on our short haul network. Aer Lingus will also provide a structured mentoring programme over the duration of the programme. This will involve regular contact with the Cadet Liaison Pilot, who will oversee progress and provide advice and guidance throughout the training.

As a prospective Aer Lingus trainee pilot you should have a technical aptitude and display maturity, commitment, flexibility, motivation and a willingness to accept responsibility.

Excellent communication, interpersonal, problem-solving and teamwork skills are essential qualities combined with a good appreciation of guests' expectations.

To qualify to fly a commercial aircraft, such as the Airbus A320, you have to undergo a challenging and intensive training programme.

Training Location

The training will take place at Flight Training Europe in Jerez, Spain. Opportunities for travel home during the programme will be limited.

The Programme

The initial training programme in FTE, will lead to the granting of a Commercial Pilots Licence with Multi Engine Instrument Rating. It is a very intensive programme and involves a significant amount of additional study. Time off from the programme is limited to set times during the programme. These will be outlined at a later stage in the recruitment process.

The training programme will commence in January 2016.


The training programme takes approximately 14 months to complete and consists of a number of phases, involving classroom study and flight training.

Post Qualification from Flight Training

When you have qualified from the flight school you will be scheduled for the Airbus A320 type rating programme. The timing of these programmes will be subject to pilot crewing demands. The programme comprises of computer based training and simulator exercises, to ensure you have a high standard of proficiency to qualify you to fly the aircraft.


Aer Lingus have pilots located at a number of bases in Ireland. When qualified, you may be offered a position at any one of these bases.

Career Prospects

Aer Lingus encourage development and progression in everyone's career. You will start your career on the A320 flying across Europe to our many destinations. During your career, there may be opportunities to move on to the longhaul fleet operating on the Aer Lingus transatlantic network. There are also opportunities to become an Instructor as your experience develops or to work on projects within Flight Operations. Ultimately, as an Aer Lingus pilot you will have the opportunity to achieve promotion to Captain.

Further information and application to the Aer Lingus Cadet Pilot Training Programme 2016 

Once you have completed your online application with FTE Jerez, your application will be reviewed. If you meet the essential criteria, you will be sent a link to the phase 1 assessment. Candidates who are shortlisted from this phase will be invited to attend an assessment centre in Dublin between the 28th of September and the 9th of October 2015 for further evaluation.

The CareersPortal Team