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Application Process


We have currently suspended the Trainee Pilot application process due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact this has had on our existing training programme.

Any applications submitted during this time will not be held on record. We are hoping to be in a position to re-open the application process in the autumn of 2021 – please keep an eye on this page for further updates.

Our stringent recruitment process has five stages. This helps ensure that candidates are well-suited to what can be a very demanding role. After each stage, we aim to update you on the progress of your application within two weeks.
Candidates must supply a Curriculum Vitae (CV) with covering letter, which includes answers to the following questions. Please email both to recruitment@pla.co.uk

The questions are:
Are you willing to relocate?
Do you hold a valid driving licence?
Are you eligible to work in the UK?
Do you hold a relevant work Visa/Permit?

The second element of Stage I involves a spatial awareness ability test. Further information is available on the test site below.
2. Occupational Personality Questionnaire
If your application is shortlisted to progress beyond Stage I, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire, sent to you by email, which further seeks to establish your suitability for the role.
3. Interview and Simulator Test
Progression beyond Stage 2 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 on our state-of-the-art simulator. A further review of your skills and competencies will also be carried out.
4. 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 - subject to conditions and start date.
5. Medical Checks and 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 in London will also be arranged and we will request the names of two referees (for references) to complete the process.