Sponsored Pilot Training Scheme

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Sponsored Pilot Training Scheme: Choosing to become a pilot is a life-changing decision as well as a huge financial commitment.

British Airways (BA) believes in investing in the future, and that it has developed a unique programme to offer anyone with the right skills, passion and potential the chance to realise their dream of becoming an airline pilot.

British Airways is proud to announce the launch of the Future Pilot Programme – the flagship sponsored pilot training scheme that is designed to select and train aspiring pilots, who currently have little or no flying experience.

BA is seeking only the most able candidates with the determination to rise to the challenges of the comprehensive programme.

Once you have successfully completed your training, you can look forward to continuing your journey with one of the world’s leading airlines and taking to the skies as a first officer on one of the London-based short haul fleets.

If you can see yourself expertly navigating a BA aircraft across the globe, delivering world-leading levels of safety, security, and customer service, then the Future Pilot Programme may be for you.


  • You’ll not only need to be talented but also incredibly motivated and committed to excel during this demanding training programme.
  • You must be able to keep a cool head under pressure and solve complex problems using verbal and mathematical reasoning.
  • Some flying or gliding experience would of course be beneficial, but is not essential.
  • Excellent communication skills are a must so that you can deliver first class customer service.
  • This unique programme is open to any aspiring pilots between the ages of 18 – 55.
  • Aspiring pilots from school leavers to those changing career are all very welcome to apply.
  • You’ll need seven GCSEs at grade C or above (with Bs in English, Maths and a Science subject) plus three A-Levels, at grade BBC or above (General Studies excluded).
  • If you don’t have the GCSE/A-Levels (or equivalents), but hold an Honours degree at 2:1 or above, you are welcome to apply.

  • If you do meet the minimum GCSE/A-Level requirements, and you are a university graduate, there is no minimum degree class required.

    You must hold a valid passport, have the ability to travel globally without restriction, and also have the right to live and work in the UK.

    For more information and flight school scholarship applications, please see; Sponsored Pilot Training Scheme Website

    Also see; British Airways Pilot Recruitment Website

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