*Applications for this role are currently closed. They’ll reopen on 2nd January 2024 and will close on 31st January 2024.
Embarking upon the 19-month TUI Airline Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL) Cadet Programme is an exciting opportunity for those with little, or no, flying experience. You’ll complete your training and eventually join TUI as a Cadet Pilot flying the Boeing 737.
What we’re looking for
We’re looking for candidates to be committed, resilient and hard-working, and will be rewarded with a dynamic and exciting career where each day is different. Together with your colleagues, you’ll make sure that TUI customers have the best experience whilst travelling to and from their holiday helping them to ‘Live Happy’.
We’re looking for people with great communication and leadership skills, the ability to remain calm under pressure, resilience to work hard throughout a challenging course, motivation to learn and ultimately develop into highly skilled professional pilots.
In order to apply for our MPL Cadet Programme, there are a few requirements that need to be met:
• Be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st September 2024
• Have at least five GCSEs including Maths, English and a Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or combined science) at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent qualifications*
• Be fluent in English (verbal and written)
• Be eligible to live and work indefinitely in the UK without additional approvals
• Hold a valid passport which permits unrestricted worldwide travel
• Be at least 1.58cm (5ft 2in) tall
• Able to swim 25m
• Able to obtain a CAA issued Class 1 medical prior to commencing training – click here for more information
• Before commencing training, complete referencing and pre-employment checks required for the issue of an airport security ID
*Please see FAQs for more information on equivalent qualifications
The training for the MPL Cadet Programme is split into four separate phases (with each phase running consecutively):
Phase 1 – ATPL Ground School (Theoretical Knowledge Instruction)
During this phase you’ll study the required theoretical knowledge and complete the 13 ground school exams.
Duration – 750 hours/26 weeks
Location – A combination of remote Computer-Based Training (CBT), virtual classroom learning (from your home location), and in-person classroom learning. You’ll also complete some observation flights from your local airport during this period.
Phase 2 – Basic Flying Training
Basic flying training will be in a Robin DR401 aircraft owned by TUI and you’ll complete approximately 62 hours of flying. During this phase, you’ll also complete Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT) which will be completed over three hours on an advanced trainer aircraft.
Duration – 30 weeks
Location – Training will be placed within a TUI approved training facility in Belgium
Phase 3 – Intermediate & Advanced Flying Training
This will take place in a B737 simulator where you’ll operate in a multi-crew environment using TUI procedures from day one. You’ll complete approximately 270 hours in the simulator, and this will include the completion of a type rating.
Duration – 22 weeks
Location – Training will be placed within a TUI approved training facility in Gatwick
The MPL Cadet Programme includes the following:
• All course and training costs
• All upfront training and licence fees
• Accommodation from phase 2 onwards
• ATPL theory exam fees
• All required equipment such as manuals, iPad etc.
• Initial Class 1 medical
• Class 1 medical renewals during training
Cadets will be liable for:
• Personal travel
• Food and personal living expenses
Upon completion of training and joining TUI as a Cadet Pilot, you’ll be paid a Cadet Pilot salary for four years, which will include repayment of training costs to TUI via salary sacrifice. This salary is currently £32,867 (post deduction) and will increase in line with pilot pay scheduling agreements. Further details will be provided at the Assessment Centre should you be successful. For further details of career progression, please read the FAQs at the bottom of the page.
The assessment process is split into five stages, and you’ll be required to pass each stage in order to proceed to the next one:
The first stage of the assessment process is submitting your application along with your CV. Your application will be reviewed by our recruitment team, and if you meet the criteria, you’ll be invited to complete online assessments.
This stage is a questionnaire and online assessments. The assessments include verbal, numerical, and logical reasoning tests. You’ll have seven days to complete them. No additional time to complete them will be given. If you pass the online assessments, you will automatically proceed to stage three.
The next stage is a one-way digital interview where you’ll be asked to record yourself answering a series of questions. You’ll have seven days to complete this stage. No additional time will be given to complete this. Your interview will then be reviewed by our recruitment team, and you can expect to hear the outcome of this by 18th March 2024.
This will be an assessment day at our UK TUI Training Centre, where you’ll complete a series of exercises followed by an individual interview with members of our recruitment team.
This stage is a flying test with our TUI Airline Training teams. This will be in a UK-based simulator where your flying aptitude will be assessed. No previous flying experience will be necessary.
You need to have at least five GCSEs including Maths, English and a Science at grade C/4 or above, or equivalent qualifications.
All applicants must have the right to live and work in the UK. We’re unable to sponsor or support any visa applications.
No previous flight training or experience is necessary.
Yes, you can still apply if you hold a PPL.
No, this programme is designed for those who have none, or very little flying experience.
No, unfortunately you will not be able to apply.
You must be at least 18 years of age on or before 1st September 2024. If you are 17, you may still submit an application so long as you are 18 on or before 1st September 2024.
The assessment centre is planned for 8th-12th April and simulator assessments planned for June/July 2024. These will be the only dates available.
Yes, private, en-suite accommodation near the TUI approved training facility is included from phase two onwards when you are required to be away from home.
Yes, you must stay at the training location when you are training.
The course start date is in early September 2024.
No, this is the only course in 2024.
Yes, there will be courses on an annual basis.
No, if successful, you will be offered a 2024 course start date.
The course will take approximately 19 months to complete.
The training course is full time, and you will have rostered days off. We are unable to give leave for holidays or other events.
The ground school is mostly self-study and virtual classroom from your own home. You will be required to attend classroom training for one week every 6 weeks. The flying and simulator training will take place within a TUI approved training facility.
Training costs are not required to be paid prior to or during training. All training costs will be recoverable via salary sacrifice on commencing a Cadet Pilot (Second Officer) contract with TUI Airways. Upon completion of training and joining TUI as a Cadet Pilot, you’ll be paid a cadet salary for four years. This salary is currently £32,867 (post- deduction) and will increase in line with pilot pay scheduling agreements.
No, you will not receive a salary or allowances whilst training.
The training is full time, and it will be necessary to study in your own time outside of this, therefore we strongly recommend against working alongside your training.
You’ll be issued with a conditional offer of employment with TUI Airways on commencement of your course; however, you’ll be required to complete your training to the required standard in order to proceed with a career as a cadet entry pilot at TUI.
Yes, there is a bond to cover the cost of your training. If you leave within the first four years of employment as a pilot, you will be liable to pay back some, or all of your training costs. Further details about this will be given as the assessment centre should you receive an invite.
You will be issued with a Multi-Pilot Licence (MPL) and this will enable you to operate a Boeing 737 acting as co-pilot in an aeroplane required to be operated with a co-pilot for commercial air transport.
An MPL can be upgraded to an ATPL providing the licence holder is at least 21 years old and has a minimum of 1500 hours flying time.
You’ll be advised of your UK base towards the end of your training. Base preferences will be taken into account but cannot be guaranteed.
Yes, all MPL cadets will be issued with a uniform that is provided by TUI.
If your tattoo could be deemed offensive in any way, it must be covered. All neck, throat and face tattoos regardless of location and size need to be covered.
If you have completed your assessments, rest assured we have received them, and they will be reviewed within the given timelines.
Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we are unable to give individual feedback. You can resubmit an application next year.
Please ensure that you read the information on this page thoroughly and if you need to ask a question that’s not already answered, you can contact us here and a member of the Pilot Recruitment team will respond to you.
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