Titan Airways and VA Airline Training announce Sponsored Multi-Pilot Cadet Programme

Titan Airways B737

Titan Airways B737. Photo: Adrian Pingstone


Titan Airways and VA Airline Training (VA) have announced a new Sponsored Cadet Programme that takes freshly graduated cadet pilots with a CPL/IR through to flying for the airline.

The programme brings together VA’s Airline Pilot Standards Multi Crew Co-operation course (APS MCC), the newly-regulated Multi-Pilot Advanced Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (MPA UPRT), and Type Rating training into one course – with Titan Airways covering the full cost.

Security will be provided by way of a four-year training bond which the First Officer will sign upon joining the airline as an employee.

Trainees will also be asked to lodge a training deposit with Titan Airways ahead of their training with VA which the airline will then repay over the pilot’s first 18 months of First Officer employment in addition to their salary.

All three elements – APS MCC, MPA UPRT and Type Rating – will be underwritten by VA’s ‘Competency Assurance’ which provides for any additional training that may be required for cadets to achieve the desired core competencies.

Titan Airways, a charter airline, operates a mixed fleet of aircraft based at London Stansted. Cambridge Airport-based VA is ideally placed as a local airline training partner.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this opportunity through VA. We have worked with them before and are extremely impressed by the calibre of VA graduates now working for us,” said Captain Matthew Wilson, pilot manager at Titan Airways.

“Importantly, the VA team understands our requirement to ensure we employ pilots who have a genuine desire to join Titan Airways. They have listened to us and tailored a programme specifically to meet our needs.

“Titan Airways is a great place to work. We are family owned and offer a very different opportunity to the more ‘well known’ airlines.

“Achieving a lifestyle balance is important to us. Successful applicants will enjoy a varied roster and have the opportunity to get involved and make a difference.”

Anthony Petteford, MD of VA Airline Training added, “This is a truly pioneering programme and we are delighted that Titan Airways has selected us once again as their training partner.

“Not only is it refreshing to be able to offer a rare ‘airline-funded’ cadet programme, Titan Airways has also been very forward-thinking in their approach to the training – embracing three multi-pilot aircraft training elements into one seamless and innovative airline cadet programme.

Applications will be invited from CPL/IR holders seeking their first airline job. (Those who have already completed an MCC course may also apply but will be required to complete the full programme including the APS MCC.)

The programme is being launched at Pilot Careers Live, London Heathrow on Friday 1 November 2019. The application window will be open from 4-10 November 2019. Apply here

VA is also hosting a careers event at its Cambridge facilities on Saturday 9 November. Titan Airways’ pilot manager, Captain Matthew Wilson will be the guest speaker.

Meet VA Airline Training and Titan Airways at Pilot Careers Live London on Friday and Saturday, 1-2 November 2019. More details here