TUI Announces 2024 MPL Cadet Programme

TUI, has officially announced the reopening of its Multi-Pilot Licence (MPL) cadet programme for 2024.

The programme offers aspiring pilots a chance to earn their wings under the banner of a renowned international airline. TUI announced the first such programme in December 2022, with cadets starting training this month (September 2023). We’ve delved into the details available on TUI’s official careers page to provide an overview of the programme’s eligibility requirements, course content, funding structure, and recruitment process.

Eligibility Requirements

For individuals interested in the MPL cadet programme, there are specific criteria to meet:

  1. Minimum age of 18 at the start of the course.
  2. Hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above, including English, Mathematics, and a Science subject.
  3. A valid Class 1 Medical Certificate.
  4. The right to live and work in the UK without restriction.
  5. A clean criminal record and able to pass a security background check.

Course Details

The MPL cadet programme is an integrated training course designed to transform individuals with little or no flying experience into airline pilots. It is divided into distinct phases:

  1. Ground School Training: Cadets will undergo a comprehensive theoretical training phase to understand the principles of flight, aircraft systems, meteorology, air law, and more.
  2. Flight Training: Taking place in state-of-the-art training facilities, this phase includes both simulator sessions and actual flying exercises.
  3. Type Rating: This phase is about specific aircraft training, ensuring cadets become proficient in the aircraft they will operate as co-pilots.
  4. Line Training: Cadets will fly alongside experienced pilots, accumulating flight hours and gaining real-world experience before becoming full-fledged pilots for TUI.


TUI has set up a funding structure to assist cadets in covering the costs of the programme. While specifics about the funding mechanism were not detailed in this summary, typically such programmes either provide a sponsorship or a loan repayment scheme. Prospective candidates are encouraged to visit TUI’s official website or get in touch with their recruitment team for detailed information.

Recruitment Process

  1. Online Application: This is the first step, where prospective cadets fill in their personal details and share their credentials.
  2. Assessment Day: Shortlisted candidates are invited to an assessment day, which typically includes group exercises, interviews, and aptitude tests.
  3. Medical Examination: Successful candidates post-assessment will need to undergo a medical check to secure the Class 1 Medical Certificate.
  4. Final Interview: This is the last hurdle where the candidate’s motivation, aptitude, and fit for the programme are evaluated in-depth.

In conclusion, TUI’s MPL cadet programme represents a significant opportunity for budding pilots to get trained and start their careers with a world-class airline. Those interested should keep a keen eye on TUI’s official channels for updates on the application process and detailed funding information.

For more details, visit TUI’s official career page.