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Jetstar launches new cadet pilot training programme

Jetstar has launched a new cadet pilot training programme in New Zealand and Australia developed in partnership with two of the world’s leading pilot training organisations, CTC Aviation Group based in Hamilton, New Zealand and Oxford Aviation Academy Group based in Moorabbin (Melbourne).

The programme will offer successful applicants – to number up to 70 in its first year – on completion, a career development path into Jetstar as an Airbus A320 pilot. The Jetstar Cadet Pilot Training Programme, which will accept its first intake of candidates in July this year, also aims to make a pilot career far more accessible and affordable to skilled individuals through two distinct entry streams:
• Advanced Cadet Programme (3 months) – successful candidates will hold a commercial pilot’s licence which is the basic qualification for all professional pilots;
• Ab-initio Cadet Programme (18 months) – successful candidates may have limited or no flying experience, but meet Jetstar’s requirements for aptitude, quality and safety to enter a comprehensive training and development programme.

Jetstar chief executive officer Bruce Buchanan declared that the new programme and partnerships would complement Jetstar’s other pilot recruitment activity and would supply a significant number of its future requirements for pilots. “We anticipate up to 20,000 applications for this attractive new programme which seeks to remove some of the traditional barriers to becoming an airline pilot, demonstrating the high demand to enter this highly skilled and sought-after profession,” he remarked.

“Both CTC Aviation Group and Oxford Aviation Academy have worked with dozens of the world’s leading airlines across Europe, the Middle East and Asia with similar cadet pilot training programmes, and will introduce this proven model to the Australia-Pacific region for the first time. Through our programme, becoming a pilot need no longer be a pipedream for aspiring aviators as this key initiative provides a unique pathway for young people to enter commercial flying.

“The programme’s establishment also represents a fresh investment by Jetstar in the region’s aviation industry to further grow and develop the skills and capabilities of a highly-skilled workforce,” Buchanan continued. “The programme will provide greater opportunities for young New Zealanders to enter a highly skilled profession, contribute to the high-tech skill base of the country, and enhance the resources for the continued development of New Zealand’s transport infrastructure.”

CTC Aviation Group chairman Captain Chris Clarke remarked, “CTC is delighted to be chosen by Jetstar to partner in this great opportunity for young men and women to enter the airline profession. We are sure that for Jetstar this will prove to be one of the most successful career development programmes in the region and it is certainly going to inspire and facilitate new entrants into the airline pilot profession. It is a further demonstration of Jetstar’s innovative and progressive culture.

Oxford Aviation Academy group managing director Anthony Petteford said, “We are honoured to be invited to partner with Jetstar to support innovation and encourage greater diversity of enrolment into airline pilot training throughout Australia and Asia Pacific.”

Jetstar chief pilot Captain Mark Rindfleish said Jetstar’s Cadet Pilot Training Programme would allow candidates to enter from Australia, New Zealand, and also Singapore and Vietnam, where Jetstar has airline operations based. “Jetstar will offer a first in our region by equipping and fully qualifying graduates of our Cadet Pilot Training Programme to fly as a Jetstar pilot as part of our experienced pilot group.

“This is a big positive for our industry which we believe enhances the opportunities for people wanting a commercial aviation career by more effectively tapping into other talent pools, whilst supporting existing pilot training initiatives in our region,” Captain Rindfleish stated.

The initial intake is now open with positions to be equally shared through both CTC and Oxford Aviation Academy over the initial years of the programme.

Pictured at CTC’s Crew Training Centre in Hamilton are: Ian Calvert, CEO CTC Aviation Training (NZ) Limited; Mark Dal Pra, Jetstar executive manager operations; Chris Clarke, CTC Aviation Group chairman; Anthony Petteford, Oxford Aviation Academy group managing director; Mark Rindfleish, Jetstar chief pilot.

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