In an exclusive partnership with airline training organisation CTC Aviation, Virgin Atlantic is re-launching its iconic Future Flyers Programme, giving those with little or no flying experience the opportunity to become part of the airline’s next generation of pilots. There are now a further 12 places available for aspiring pilots to join this career programme which leads directly to a job as an airline pilot with Virgin Atlantic, flying A330 aircraft on their long-haul routes around the globe.

Since its launch in 2014, the CTC WINGS Virgin Atlantic Future Flyers Programme has enabled genuine diversity and opportunity within a broader community of aspiring pilots who, without the funding on offer, would have been unable to join the course. Those who have so far secured places on the highly-competitive programme come from an eclectic mix of backgrounds, with previous jobs including bar tender, bicycle mechanic and computer programmer; policeman and credit controller. Moreover, the number of women who have secured a place on the programme is significant by industry standards: 22% of those currently in training are female, compared to the average of around five per cent across the global pilot workforce.

This year the programme is supported by a new partnership with Secure Trust Bank – a retail and commercial bank based in the United Kingdom – and specialist aviation finance broker ATPL Finance, who will act as the intermediary between trainees looking to acquire funding and Secure Trust Bank. Applicants to the Future Flyers Programme will have the opportunity to access to a loan of £109,000 which will be underwritten by Secure Trust Bank and guaranteed by Virgin Atlantic, covering the total funding required for the programme.

Dave Kistruck, Vice President of Flight Operations for Virgin Atlantic commented;

“Our Future Flyers Programme continues to receive record applications and really underpins the importance of opening up access to everyone who has ever dreamed of becoming a pilot. I’m excited we’re continuing to work with our partners at CTC Aviation to make a flying career truly accessible for everyone – whatever their background.”

Successful candidates will embark on an 18-month journey from trainee through to first officer at CTC Aviation’s new generation Crew Training Centres in both the UK and New Zealand; training on state-of-the-art aircraft and Airbus full-flight simulators; supported by highly qualified instructor teams and a renowned history of providing the highest-calibre pilots for many international airlines.As well as this the programme also offers the opportunity to complete a BSc Honours Degree in Professional Aviation Pilot Practice (in partnership with Middlesex University) alongside training.