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Cebu Pacific calls for Filipino expat cadet pilots

A total of 16 candidates will be guaranteed employment at the airline following the completion of a 56-week programme

Cebu Pacific calls for Filipino expat cadet pilots

The Philippines’ largest carrier, Cebu Pacific (CEB), has begun accepting applications to become cadet pilots from expats in the UAE, the airline announced on Wednesday.

As part of the programme, CEB will recruit 16 candidates to join its pilots after successfully completing a 56-week training programme, which will include 52 weeks at Australia’s Flight Training Adelaide and four weeks of training in Manila to earn a pilot’s license from

The 56-week training programme will include integrated flying training, flight theory and education, and will end with the participants becoming licensed commercial pilots and becoming First Officers at CEB, flying both domestic and international routes.

The programme is open to all Filipinos who are college graduates, proficient in English and holding passports valid for at least two years from the beginning o the programme.

The application process begins with a pre-screening, followed by an on-site screening for core skills and pilot aptitude tests, which will be conducted for a fee of AED 1,219 ($331). The candidates will then be screened and shortlisted by Cebu Pacific and Flight Training Adelaide before being selected after deliberations and a final interview.

CEB, however, will shoulder the cost first, and amortize the payment for the course after the candidates begin their employment at the airline through salary reduction over a maximum period of 10 years. The entire programme is to be financed by CEB, with candidates guaranteed employment awaiting candidates upon successful completion.

The programme marks the second batch of candidates going through the programme, with the first group set to depart for Australia in April.

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