Aer Lingus launches sponsored Future Pilot Training Programme


+VIDEO Aer Lingus, Ireland’s national carrier, launched its 2018 Future Pilot Training Programme today, 26 April.

The airline said, “Ireland’s only four star airline is looking for future pilots from diverse backgrounds to meet our projected expansion plans.

“Aer Lingus will continue a long tradition of training ab-initio pilots with a fully sponsored and mentored Future Pilot Training Programme commencing this Autumn 2018.”

The  window for applying for the programme closes on 13 May 2018. A link to the application site is below.

Aer Lingus pilots

Aer Lingus is focusing strongly on its bid to attract more female applicants to its Future Pilot Programme. Aer Lingus was the very first airline in Europe to employ a female pilot, Gráinne Cronin. Currently, Aer Lingus employs twice as many female pilots compared with the international airline industry average.

Successful candidates will begin an intensive training programme starting in November 2018 and lasting over 14 months. They will return to Aer Lingus to start a career as a first officer on Airbus A320 and A321 LR NEO aircraft in 2020.

Competition is expected to be extremely high for a limited number of positions, said the airline. Candidates are advised to apply early and prepare carefully.

Aer Lingus future pilot programme 2018

Essential criteria

  • 18 years of age on or before 1 January 2018
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Eligible to live and work permanently in the EU
  • Up-to-date unrestricted worldwide passport
  • Able to pass an airport security vetting procedure, including a five-year background check
  • Provide two verifiable references
  • Be able to obtain an EASA/IAA issued Class 1 Medical, including successfully passing a colour blindness test.

Minimum education requirements

  • You must have passed your Leaving Certificate (6 subjects) or equivalent*
  • You must have obtained O5 grades in English and Mathematics at ordinary level or H6 at higher level in the Leaving Certificate
  • You must also have a minimum of 2 higher level subjects with a minimum of H5 grades in the Leaving Certificate

*Equivalent grades are as follows:

  • GCSE Mathematics and English must be minimum of grade C plus
  • 3 A Levels taken at A2 level in any subject with minimum grades C, C, D.

Where the minimum Leaving Certificate or equivalent grades have not been met, you must have one of the following qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Level 7 third level (ordinary degree) in any discipline
  • Completed an aviation-related apprenticeship.

Next stage

All completed online application forms must be submitted by 17.00 GMT on Sunday 13 May 2018. No further applications will be accepted after that time.

Candidates who progress through the screening will receive a number of on-line assessments and will be given 72 hours to complete.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to the assessment centre stage which will be held in Dublin between Monday 16 July 2018 to Friday 27 July 2018.

Apply here