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


There are two different routes available to become an easyJet pilot through the CAE Generation easyJet Pilot Training Programme:

  • easyJet Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL)
  • easyJet Integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL)

The route you are given is based on how you perform in the selection process. Both courses take approximately 18 months to complete. The ATPL route may take a little longer as it includes completing your type rating for easyJet’s Airbus A320.

Training takes place at either CAE Brussels, Oxford or Madrid.

No matter which location you train in, or which route you take, you will become an easyJet pilot on the CAE Generation easyJet Pilot Training Programme.

About CAE & easyJet

Since 2004, CAE has been one of easyJet’s preferred training suppliers and has provided a wide range of training programmes, including ab-initio, 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).

CAE is proud to support, and work with, easyJet by helping them reach their planned targets to increase their pilot population and their objective to double the number of new female pilot recruits over the next two years via the easyJet Amy Johnson Flying Initiative.

Training Routes

easyJet Multi-Crew Pilot License (MPL)

If you demonstrate a strong performance during your Generation easyJet Pilot Training Programme you will be selected to join the easyJet MPL programme.

The easyJet MPL is a competency-based programme that is designed especially for easyJet. You will be selected and mentored by easyJet during the 78-week course. Your course includes aircraft-type-specific training, followed by line training with easyJet. When you successfully complete the course, you will join easyJet as a co-pilot flying an Airbus A320 across Europe which is guaranteed by the easyJet MPL programme.

easyJet Integrated Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL)

If you are not selected for the MPL you can still become an easyJet pilot on the Generation easyJet Pilot Training Programme by following the easyJet Integrated ATPL.  You will be a “tagged” cadet and if you have a strong academic performance during ground school you can join the A320 type rating programme without any further assessment or selection.  At the end of the type-rating programme you will then join easyJet as a co-pilot.

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 Brussels/Madrid or Oxford 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 Brussels/Madrid or Oxford
  • Living expenses such as meals, travel and entertainment
  • Medical exam for EASA Class 1 Medical– approximately £600
  • Selection testing - approximately £345

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Assessment & Selection

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

Selection Stage 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 stage will be invited to Oxford to complete an assessment day.

Selection Stage 2: Assessment Day

Applicants who successfully pass the first stage 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 Stage 3: Group Activity & Personal Interview

Stage 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 18 or over to commence training (by course start date)
  • The right to live and work with unrestricted access across UK, EEA, EU or Switzerland
  • Hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) Grade C or above including Maths, English & Science
  • Be fluent in English (verbal and written)
  • Minimum height 5’ 2” (157cm) with maximum commensurate with Airbus flight deck requirements
  • Be able to obtain an EASA Class 1 medical

Please note, you are only able to sit one Generation EasyJet assessment at one Flight Training School within a 6 month period.

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 200 flying hours cannot apply for this programme.

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 £160 will apply. If you are successfully selected to proceed to Stage 3 of the process, there will be an additional fee of £185.

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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