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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
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: Madrid, 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: Madrid, 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: Madrid, Spain
Investment & Funding
Volotea MPL Career Programme 114,750 €

What’s included?

  • MPL for the A320
  • All ground, simulator and flight training
  • All ATPL Training Theory manuals and other training manuals
  • All EASA or UKCAA Theory Exams
  • Travel to and from fair weather training location for core phase
  • Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (A-UPRT)
  • Uniform, flight bag, e-book for ATPL theory course
  • Access to learning management system with access to LMS and Aviobook (Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) platform)
  • Resits and remedial training as per CAE’s unique First Officer Quality Insurance
  • Manuals and approval documentation for the purpose of the MPL Cadet Programme approval
  • Applicable VAT

What’s not included?

  • Living expenses such as meals and entertainment
  • Any travel other than mentioned above in "What's Included"
  • EASA Class 1 Medical – approximately £500
  • Selection testing - approximately £100 per each stage
  • Insurance for Loss of Class 1 Medical
  • Apple iPad
  • Accommodation during training with Volotea (Base & Line Training)
  • Accommodation and ground transport during CAE training
  • Selection testing – Approximately £130
Assesment & Selection

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


Stage 1: Online Application


CAE will review all candidate applications to assess whether they successfully meet the criteria for the Volotea MPL Programme. Successful candidates through this stage will be invited to complete an assessment with CAE.


Stage 2: ADAPT Test


Applicants who successfully pass the first stage of the selection process screening will be invited to attend the next stage of the CAE assessment, which will take place virtually or at CAE locations across Europe.

The assessment will cover:

  • Personality Questionnaire – typical behavioural preferences and tendencies
  • Progressive Mathematics – applied understanding of key, relevant mathematical concepts
  • Progressive Physics – applied understanding of key, relevant physics concepts
  • Cognitive – key cognitive aptitudes, abilities and reasoning skills
  • FAST – learning potential and multi-tasking under pressure


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 at Volotea , your understanding of the course and the level of commitment required to be successful in this demanding programme. It is also your opportunity to share with us your understanding of the airline industry and your vision of your future within it. Please try to prepare some examples of your team and leadership experience; these can be drawn from school or college or from outside interests and work-related experiences.

These interviews can take place in person or virtually.

On successfully reaching the required standards, you will then be selected to enter our Volotea 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 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. 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 a cadet pilot must hold a valid Class 1 medical certificate by the start of training.

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 revisiting 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 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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