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

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

Programme Type
Multi-Crew Pilot Licence (MPL)


The Volotea MPL Career Programme is a cadet pilot course that takes you from little or no flying experience to the point when you are ready to join the airline as a pilot.

You will be mentored by Volotea experienced pilots from your first day of training at CAE and throughout your journey to becoming a first officer for the airline.

Course Outline

Phase 1: Theoretical Knowledge Training

  • Learn everything about ATPL related theory in 14 subjects
  • Classroom and computer-based training
  • Includes the new Knowledge Skills and Attitude (KSA) training 
  • Approximately 750 hours
  • Location: Madrid, Spain

Phase 2: Core Objective

  • Gain a basic level of proficiency in on-aircraft flying
  • ICAO Annex 1 on-aircraft
  • Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (A-UPRT)

Phase 3: Basic Objective

  • Increase level of Instrument Rating proficiency
  • Refine Multi-Crew operations
  • Introduction to first jet aircraft handling and automation interface
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain

Phase 4: Intermediate Objective

  • Refine proficiency of Multi-Crew operations
  • Gain proficiency of Airline SOP and TEM principles
  • Introduction of malfunctions in ECAM environment leading to flight control malfunctions and complex malfunctions
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain

Phase 5: Advanced Objective:

  • Refine experience with Line Oriented Flight Training (LOFT) scenarios
  • Achieve proficiency in Pilot competencies
  • Obtain your Multi-Crew Pilot license
  • Obtain your Airbus A320 type rating
  • Release to Line Flying Under Supervision (LIFUS) as a qualified Volotea Pilot
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
Investment & Funding
Volotea MPL Career Programme 111,775 €

What’s included?

  • MPL for the A320
  • Return flights to Madrid, Spain from a fair weather training location 
  • Accommodation and daily transport in Madrid, Spain and a fair weather training location – double occupancy
  • Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (A-UPRT)
  • Uniform, flight bag, headset, e-book for ATPL theory course
  • Access to learning management system and ATPL iPads with access to LMS and Aviobook (Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) platform)

What’s not included?

  • Living expenses such as meals and entertainment
  • EASA Class 1 Medical – approximately £500
  • Selection testing - approximately £100 per each stage
  • Accommodation in Barcelona, Spain
Assesment & Selection

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

Selection Stage 1: Online Application

CAE assessors will review all candidate applications.

Selection Stage 2: Assessment Day

Successful candidates will be invited to complete an assessment day in either Brussels, Barcelona, Madrid or Oxford.

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: Personal Interview

Your personal interview will be your opportunity to share with us the reasons you want to be a Commercial Airline Pilot and your understanding of the course. It is also your opportunity to share with us your knowledge of the airline industry and your vision of your future within it.

*you may also be required to pass a Versant English test dependant on your nationality

Selection Stage 4: Interview with the airline

Stage 4 will include 2 interviews:

  • Interview with a Volotea pilot
  • Interview with Volotea HR team

These interviews will be held at Volotea’s Head Office.

On successfully reaching the required standards, you will then be selected to enter our Volotea MPL Career Programme.

Eligibility Requirements

You need to meet the following criteria to apply to the Volotea MPL Career Programme:

  • Must be between 18 and 30 years of age
  • Have the unrestricted right to live and work in the UK, European Economic Area (EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) or Switzerland
  • Must have successfully completed secondary education. Engineering or Business degree is a plus.
  • Proficient in the English language (verbal and written)
  • Must be able to obtain an EASA Class 1 Medical without restrictions

Class 1 pilot medical requirement

Prior to enrolling on the program, you must possess a valid Class 1 Medical Certificate. This can be obtained from the Civil Aviation Authority in your relevant EU member state.

The Medical Examination Includes:

  1. Review of your medical history
  2. Hearing and vision tests
  3. Lung function and heart tests
  4. Blood and urine analysis
  5. General physical examination
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?

Yes – we have more than 1 course starting each year, just make sure you add that information when submitting your application. Your assessment results are valid for 12 months.

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

In order to apply to the Volotea MPL Career Programme, you are required to be proficient in English, both verbally and written. 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. How can I best prepare for the skills assessment for this programme?

CAE and Volotea have a strong preference for applicants whose natural aptitude, educational background and life experience have already prepared them for the rigors 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:

  • A full and comprehensive preparation pack has been created for you which will allow you to prepare for your assessment. In addition to this written material, we can also purchase Maths and Physics learning material which is designed to serve as a refresher course for someone who hasn’t been in education for some time. A link to this product will be shared with you upon approval of your application, and you’ve selected an assessment date.
  • Applicants should learn as much about Volotea as they can by researching the company and becoming familiar with their ethos, values, bases, fleet, timeliness record, financial performance and management structure, etc. Your research should go beyond the materials that CAE provide you ahead of your Interview.

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 £100.

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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