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Application Process

We are currently accepting applications for Trainee Pilots.

We have three annual intakes for Pilot recruitment: February, June and October.

Our stringent recruitment process has four stages to ensure that candidates are well-suited to a very demanding role. After each stage, we aim to update you on the progress of your application within two weeks.

1. Submit Application

Candidates must supply a Curriculum Vitae (CV) with a covering letter which includes answers to the following questions:

  • Are you willing to relocate?
  • Do you hold a valid driving licence?
  • Are you eligible to work in the UK? Find out more about eligibility.
  • Do you hold a relevant work Visa / Permit?
  • Do you have a STCW II/2 Unlimited Seagoing Certificate?
  • Your CV and covering letter should be emailed to [email protected]

2. Interview & Simulator Test

Progression beyond Stage 1 means being invited to a face-to-face interview at our headquarters in Gravesend, Kent. On the day of your interview you will also be asked to complete an exercise in our state-of-the-art ship simulator. A further review of your skills and competencies will also be carried out.

3. Job Offer

Having reached this stage, we will contact you within two weeks of your successful interview and test in order to offer you a position. The offer will be subject to conditions and a start date in line with our intake dates.

4. Medical Checks & References

All job offers are subject to compulsory pre-employment medical checks and employment references. A compulsory pre-employment medical (review of ENG1) examination at our HQ is required after you have accepted our offer. A drug and alcohol test will also be arranged, and we will request the names of two referees (for references) to complete the process.

Once these final checks are complete, we’ll be in touch to confirm your Terms and Conditions of employment.

Also read:

• The Role of a Pilot

It’s a challenging career that requires rigour, determination and commitment. You’ll be responsible for vessels from all over the world.

• Our Pilot Training Programme

During your training, we will provide ongoing professional support, as you acquire the skills needed to become a Port of London pilot.

• Meet Our Trainees

Recent recruits share their insights on joining the PLA.

• FAQs

Commonly asked questions about our Pilotage department.

• Benefits

As a Port of London Authority employee, you’ll have access to generous benefits.

• Application Process

How to submit an application and what happens after you apply.

• Pilot Recruitment

• PLA Pilotage Services