This programme is for individuals with the unrestricted right to live and work in Europe

This programme is for individuals with the unrestricted right to live and work in Europe

Programme Type
Integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL)
Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL)

The Generation easyJet Pilot Training Programme is an innovative pilot training programme that offers multiple training routes to become an easyJet pilot, via either a Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL) or Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL).

Once selected by easyJet, aspiring pilots can follow one of four training routes, to reach their ultimate objective of becoming an easyJet co-pilot on an Airbus A320 aircraft.

About CAE & easyJet

Since 2004, CAE has been one of easyJet’s preferred training suppliers and providing a wide range of training programmes, including ab-intio, type and recurrent training in addition to, pilot recruitment and resourcing services. In 2011, easyJet selected CAE as its exclusive launch partner for its innovative Mentored Airline Pilot Programme for the award of the Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL). To date, CAE has selected, assessed, trained, type-rated and delivered more than 500 pilots through the easyJet MPL and Integrated ATPL programmes.

Furthermore, CAE is proud to support easyJet in reaching their planned targets to increase their pilot population by 450 pilots this year, and their objective to double the number of new female pilot recruits over the next two years via the easyJet Amy Johnson Flying Initiative.

Programme Pathways

CAE easyJet Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL)

Applicants to the Generation easyJet Pilot Training Programme who demonstrate a strong performance at selection by easyJet, will be admitted to the CAE easyJet MPL programme.

The easyJet CAE MPL is a competency based programme that is designed especially for easyJet.

 Applicants are selected and mentored by easyJet throughout the 78-week course that includes aircraft type specific training, followed by line training with easyJet. Upon successful completion of the course, the CAE easyJet MPL programme guarantees a position as a first officer at easyJet, flying an Airbus A320 across Europe.

Amy Johnson Initiative: Female applicants to the CAE easyJet MPL will also have the opportunity to apply to the Amy Johnson Initiative a programme developed to offer women greater opportunities for entering the pilot community. The initiative is being promoted in partnership with the British Women Pilots’ Association . Female cadets who are selected may have their training loan underwritten by easyJet.

CAE ATPL to MPL Upgrade

Historically easyJet has exclusively only offered secured cadet pilot positions to students who were pre-selected and who followed the MPL training route. The new Generation easyJet Pilot Training Programme now also offers cadet pilot positions to aspiring pilots following the ATPL training route for the first time.

Individuals who apply to the Generation easyJet Pilot Programme that perform well during selection, but who initially are not admitted into the CAE easyJet MPL programme, will be invited to enroll in the CAE Integrated ATPL course as easyJet “Tagged” students.

Generation easyJet applicants “Tagged” by easyJet, who demonstrate superior performance during ATPL ground school will be eligible for an “upgrade” to the CAE easyJet MPL programme. The Integrated ATPL to MPL Upgrade scheme allows students to benefit from a significant reduction in course fees and gives them the certainty of joining easyJet at an early stage in their pilot training journey.

easyJet Tagged CAE ATPL

The easyJet “tagged” CAE Integrated ATPL pathway allows flexibility and enables candidates that were not selected for MPL to continue as a easyJet “tagged” cadets. With strong academic performance during ATPL ground school, students that go on to complete the CAE Integrated ATPL course meeting easyJet’s rigorous training standards can enter the A320 type rating training programme without further selection screening.

White Tail CAE Integrated ATPL

Pilots in training on the CAE Integrated ATPL programme that were not successful at the easyJet MPL selection or were not upgraded to MPL or “tagged” by easyJet at the end of ATPL ground school, can continue knowing that on completion of the training they will have another opportunity to undertake easyJet’s pilot screening and selection. If successful in this post training selection, they can move onto the Airbus A320 type-rating for easyJet through the CAE easyJet Integrated ATPL programme. To date over 500 CAE easyJet Integrated ATPL programme graduates have gone on to become easyJet pilots.

Investment & Funding
CAE easyJet Multi-Crew Pilot License £100,500
CAE Integrated ATPL + Airbus A320 Type-Rating £125,900

What's Included?

  • Airbus A320 type rating
  • Return flights to Oxford, UK from Phoenix, USA
  • Accommodation and daily transport in Phoenix, USA
  • Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT)
  • Uniform, flight bag, headset loan
  • Access to learning management system and ATPL books
  • M1 Visa
  • USA (FAA) medical

What's not included?

  • Accommodation in Oxford, UK
  • Living expenses such as meals, travel and entertainment
  • Medical exam for EASA Class 1 Medical– approximately £550
  • Selection testing - approximately £325

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Assessment & Selection

The joint CAE and easyJet selection process will proceed in 3 phases as follows:

Selection Phase 1: Online Application

CAE assessors will review all candidate applications to assess whether they successfully meet the criteria for Generation easyJet. Successful candidates through this phase will be invited to Oxford to complete an assessment day.

Selection Phase 2: Assessment Day

Applicants who successfully pass the first phase of the selection process screening will be invited to attend the next stage of the CAE selection, which will take place at London Oxford Airport.

The assessment day will cover:

  • Computer-based Testing
  • Pilot aptitude, including hand/eye co-ordination, motor skills and spatial awareness
  • Academic, mathematical and technical capacity
  • A multiple-choice test of technical reasoning
  • A dynamic multi-task test

Selection Phase 3: Group Activity & Personal Interview

Phase 3 will include

  • Team Group Exercises
  • Personal Interview

On successfully reaching the required standards, you will then be set upon a pathway suited to your personal easyJet success. Alternatively, you can still be offered ways to enter Generation easyJet later in your training.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Be aged 17.5 years of age to apply and 18 years to start training
  • Have the unrestricted right to live and work in the UK, EU or Switzerland
  • For MPL upgrade opportunities, you will have to hold 2/3 A-Levels at grades C or above (or equivalent and excluding general studies and critical thinking)
  • Please note: Without A-Levels, a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) Grade C or above, including Maths, Science and English language, will still enable you to have the opportunity of entering Generation easyJet.
  • Possess or be capable of obtaining a valid Class 1 Pilot Medical Certificate without restrictions before the commencement of training
  • Be fluent in English, both written and verbal
  • Please note: This will be determined through a review of the online application and your performance at the advanced stages of the selection process.
  • Produce a clear Criminal Record Check basic disclosure certificate before training can commence
  • Minimum height 5’ 2” (157cm)
  • The programme is only open to new applications
  • No one currently in training in another programme is eligible to apply
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Can I apply now and defer my start date for a year in order to finish university or other commitments?

No, successful applicants do not have the option to defer a place on a training course for a year. The successful students must be available to commence training in the same year that they receive the offer of a place.

Q. How well do I need to speak  English to apply?

The only specific English requirement is that you must have a secondary school English qualification equal to or exceeding a UK GCSE at grade C or higher. UK students take GCSE exams at age 16. Those who are not fluent in English may experience difficulties with the aptitude testing because it is conducted entirely in English.

Q. Is previous flight training experience or a PPL required?

No previous flying experience is necessary to apply.

Q. Must I already possess an EASA class 1 medical to apply?

No, but to enter training, a cadet pilot must hold a valid Class 1 medical certificate.

Q. I already have a CPL/IR or ATPL. Am I eligible to apply?

No. This programme is designed to identify students for an ab-initio training programme that must be completed in its entirety. Individuals already holding a CPL/IR or ATPL or those who have already completed any of the 14 ATPL theoretical knowledge examinations may not apply. Individuals who already have more than 85 hours powered flight time may only apply for the Tagged White Tail route.

Q. Can I apply if I have previously applied for the Generation easyJet Pilot Training Programme

Candidates who were unsuccessful through previous phases of applications on the Generation easyJet Pilot Training Programme  will be eligible to apply.

Q. How can I best prepare for the skills assessment for this programme?

CAE and easyJet have a strong preference for applicants whose natural aptitude, educational background and life experience have already prepared them for the rigours of the course so we do not recommend extensive preparation for the assessment. For those who have been out of school for a few years, however, it would be worth revising UK GCSE level mathematics and physics. 

For this we recommend:

  • Completion of our mental maths training module which is free for you to access. Simply register an account at our CAE Oxford Interactive Learning website. Once you are logged in, you can access the mental maths quiz herePlease note that this Online CBT will run on any platform that supports the Adobe Flash and Adobe Shockwave Plugins. Further details are available on our support page. 
  • Purchase CAE Oxford Interactive Learning's Essential Mathematics and Essential Physics computer-based training software on, or order by phone on +44 1865 844 290.

It should go without saying that applicants should learn as much about easyJet as they can by researching the company and becoming familiar with their ethos, values, bases, fleet, timeliness record, financial performance and management structure, etc.

Q. How much will it cost me to apply?

There is no fee required to submit the initial on-line application. In the event you are invited to attend for Stage 2 a fee of £100 will apply. If you are successfully selected to proceed to Stage 3 of the process, there will be an additional fee of £150.

Q. How will I be advised of my progress?

On completion of each stage of the selection process, CAE will advise all applicants by email whether they have been successful or unsuccessful. The successful group will then be advised of arrangements for the next stage.

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