Bristow Helicopters Cadet Programme

Bristow Helicopters Cadet Programme

Bristow Helicopters have opened the application window for their fully sponsored Helicopter Cadet Programme in partnership with training provider Helicentre Aviation. Info from Helicentre here.

Helicentre Aviation is proud to be partnered with Bristow Helicopters to select, train and supply world-class, industry-ready helicopter pilots directly into Oil and Gas and Search and Rescue careers. Four successful cadets will embark on a brand new career to fly as Co-Pilots at one of Bristow’s UK bases.

The application window for the Bristow Cadet Programme opens on 1st June and will remain open until 30th June. Bristow seeks and supports the highest-calibre candidates for its UK Oil and Gas Operations, and provides a direct route into Search and Rescue Pilot Careers. There is no better time than now to apply to join one of the largest global helicopter operators.

To apply you must first read this information carefully, and then register your interest using the form below. Once registered you will receive an email with a link to the application form, and registering will also allow us to keep you informed of future programmes in the event that you are unsuccessful this time.

The following information will remain online for reference throughout the selection process, so those who have applied can be reminded of the key dates and pre-requisites. This is a highly popular and competitive programme so if you are not selected then remember there is always an opportunity to apply to fly for Bristow by self-sponsoring your Integrated CPL(H) with us, or by taking the modular route which allows you to apply for our scholarship programmes.

About the Programme

Four cadets will be selected jointly by Bristow Helicopters and Helicentre Aviation, and they will be provided with funding for the training elements of their Commercial Helicopter Pilot licence and Instrument Rating. Initial training up to IR will be delivered by Helicentre Aviation and the Cadets will go on to complete their type rating and line training with Bristow. Successful completion will lead to employment as a First Officer with one of the most prestigious helicopter operators in the world. Candidates will be bonded for the value of their training for a period of six years, during which they will be employed by Bristow.

Key Features

  • A programme designed jointly by Helicentre Aviation and Bristow Helicopters
  • Graduate with a UK CPL(H)/IR
  • Successful graduates will be employed by Bristow Helicopters as Co-Pilots in their Offshore Oil and Gas or SAR operation*

* Subject to the successful completion of the programme, Oil and Gas and SAR requirements, and final acceptance from Bristow Helicopters

Entry Requirements

Applicants must :

  • Have the right to work and reside in the UK
  • Be able to attend full-time training in Leicester for a minimum of 15 months from September
  • Obtain and maintain a UK Class One Flight Crew medical certificate
  • Expect to relocate as required on completion of training to a Bristow operating base

Medical Requirements

You must hold a current and valid Class One UK Flight Crew Medical Certificate (at your own cost) before training commences.

We strongly recommend that you book and successfully obtain your Class One Medical Certificate without delay, as demand for medical appointments can be high and there may be significant wait times which could result in you being withdrawn from the programme should the medical not be issued in time. Please note there are only four UK-based Aeromedical Centres that can issue this certificate.

Age Restrictions

You must be over 18 years of age on 1st September 2021.


Language Proficiency

You must be fluent in English – both written and spoken. You must be able to demonstrate fluency to a minimum of ICAO English Language Level 5 standard. Those applicants whose first language is English will be assessed during training and typically awarded ICAO English Language Level 6. Non-native speakers will need to obtain a certificate of language proficiency.

The Selection Process

  • Phase 1: Application Window Open (1st June – 30th June 2021)
  • Phase 2: Initial Interview, if selected (June / July 2021)
  • Phase 3: Final Interviews and Selection (week commencing 26th July 2021)
If you are successful in passing phase 1, you will be invited to participate in an interview. Selected candidates will be chosen to attend final selection. Interviews / selection take place at Helicentre Aviation, Leicester Airport, Gartree Road, Leicester, LE2 2FG.

About Bristow Helicopters

Bristow Group has been operating for over 60 years, providing Oil and Gas transportation, fixed-wing scheduled services and Search and Rescue aircraft on behalf of HM Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Founded in 1955, Bristow has grown to become one of the largest helicopter operators in the world, with aircraft and facilities located across the globe.

Within the UK, Bristow operates 10 Search and Rescue bases providing 24-hour emergency coverage, while additionally, a fleet of over 20 large and super-medium helicopters fly in support of the extensive offshore Oil and Gas industry. These bases stretch from Newquay in the South West to Sumburgh in the Shetland Islands.

Applications are online. For assistance producing a CV and / or Cover Letter for the application then please visit our Pilot Career Hub or email our pilot team on [email protected]

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