Thomas Cook Mentored Cadet Programme with FTE Jerez

The Thomas Cook Mentored Cadet Pilot Training Programme is open for applications from today 16th March 2018. Further details can be found on our Application Web Page.

Selected candidates will commence their training at FTE’s aviation campus in August 2018 and transition to an Airbus type rating and first officer role with the airline on successful completion of the Airline First Officer Programme (AFOP) at FTEJerez.

Female Pilots Scholarship, inspired by Raymonde de Laroche

The programme coincides with the announcement of a Scholarship inspired by Raymonde de Laroche, a Thomas Cook Airlines and FTEJerez joint initiative to attract female pilots to the profession.

The scholarship is open for female applicants to be trained at FTEJerez as part of the Thomas Cook Airlines Mentored Cadet Pilot Training Programme. One scholarship of 30,000€ (thirty thousand Euros) will be awarded to a successful applicant to be applied towards her training costs at FTEJerez.

From General Manager Flight Crew at TCX:

Welcome to the Mentored Airline Pilot Scheme and Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) course run in conjunction with Thomas Cook, Europe’s leading leisure airline.

The Mentored scheme has been developed with our training partner, FTEJerez, to provide a source of quality pre-selected pilots to crew our aircraft. You will undertake training under the ATPL route to the right hand seat of a Thomas Cook Airlines A321. This course has been specifically designed to teach you all of the key elements necessary for you to successfully transition to a Thomas Cook Airlines flight deck.

During your training in Jerez, your progress will be mentored throughout the course by the Thomas Cook Liaison Pilot. After completion of the ATPL syllabus in Jerez, students will undergo a Thomas Cook Type Rating course.

Selection will follow the usual format and battery of tests and is detailed below. The top four candidates will be offered positions on the course to commence training at Jerez in August 2018.

Thomas Cook Airlines and FTEJerez have also recently announced a Scholarship inspired by Raymonde de Laroche. The scholarship is open for female applicants to be trained at FTEJerez as part of this Training Programme.

May I take this opportunity to wish you every success with your application and the selection process.

The Mentored Airline Pilot Scheme is well established as a Thomas Cook Airlines / FTEJerez cooperative programme for low-hour entry to Thomas Cook Airlines. This is a great opportunity for people who want to be involved in working in a fast paced, hi-tech airline that offers significant opportunities and benefits to its staff.

Thomas Cook operate aircraft from the Airbus and Boeing families, which offer a combination of speed, comfort and fuel economy.


If successful, you will have to fund FTE’s ATPL programme, the ‘Airline First Officer Programme’ (AFOP)

The price for this course is EUR €117,000

The price is inclusive of the following:

  • Accommodation and Full Board
  • Full uniform (except shoes)
  • 1st attempt, ground and flying EASA exams
  • Renewal of the EASA Class One Medical
  • All training material
  • Landing and navigation fees
  • Free Internet access
  • No additional accommodation charge in the unlikely event of delay in training due to adverse weather
  • VAT

Minimum Requirements:

We are looking for high calibre, motivated individuals who are keen to work for Europe’s leading leisure airline.

To be eligible for this scheme you must have a minimum of 2 A-Level passes, Grade C or above (or equivalent), and have 5 GSCE passes including Maths, English and a Science subject at Grade C or above, as well as the right to live and work in the UK and the EU.

International equivalents will be accepted, for reference please check the UCAS International Qualifications guide.

Applications are online.

Last Recruitment: March 2017 with Iago scheme
Recruitment anticipated: Open until the end of March 2018.
Status: Open

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