TUI offers fully-funded Boeing 737 MPL Cadet programme

TUI Airways released details on Wednesday 14 December of a new ‘TUI Airline Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) Cadet Programme’ which will see cadet pilots land a job with zero upfront financial commitment.

Starting in September 2023, the course is expected to take around 19 months. The programme delivers four phases of training, with successful completion resulting in a job offer to fly the Boeing 737 as a Cadet Pilot. Earning over £32,000 for the first four years, Cadet Pilots will repay training costs via a salary deduction..

Applicants will have to pass a five-stage selection process which includes a CV sift, online assessments, a one-way digital interview, an in-person assessment day and, finally, a flying test in a light aircraft.

The programme begins with remote (home learning) theoretical knowledge training for the 14 ATPL examinations, followed by basic flying training in Robin DR401 aircraft from Gloucestershire Airport. Upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) will be part of this, flown in the CAP10 aerobatic aircraft.

Phase three will see cadets completing 270 hours of simulator training in a Boeing 737 simulator, also at Gloucestershire airport. The final phase consists of ‘TUI Immersion Training’.

On their MPL Cadet Programme webpage, TUI expects the only financial outlay for successful candidates to be the cost of their Class 1 medical, personal travel and food and personal living expenses. All equipment, uniform, exam fees, accommodation and training costs are met by TUI.

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