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Some pilots take aircraft from one destination to the next. British Airways pilots connect Britain with the world and the world to Britain like no one else. Joining our flight crew is about living up to the highest professional and safety standards, playing a lead role on the team and doing that little bit more to make every flight memorable for our customers. Do you have the right qualities to take on the challenge?
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BA CityFlyer Pilots

Direct Entry Captains and First Officers: bring your impressive training record, commitment and energy to BA CityFlyer. Help us connect Britain with the world, and the world to Britain.

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Experienced Pilots

Through Direct Entry, we recruit experienced pilots who are motivated by performing to the highest standards. We're looking for ambitious pilots who want to share their insight and ideas to drive innovation, impress customers and outperform the competition.

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Future Pilots

The British Airways Cadet Programme is the launchpad for a career in the skies. We’re the people to train with if you want to fly customers around the world, while offering a uniquely British experience.

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Military Scheme

Within two years of your exit point? Our Direct Entry Pilot Scheme (Managed Path/UK Service Pilot) is an exciting career pathway for experienced, high calibre Qualified Service Pilots from the Army Air Corps, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines and Royal Navy.

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Adjustments and Special Requirements

We are committed to being a fair and inclusive employer. We take care to follow best practice and train all our assessors to a high standard. We know that sometimes people need adjustments or have special requirements during the recruitment and assessment process. If this applies to you, please let us know by indicating it on your application form when prompted, or by emailing recruitment@jobs.ba.com (quoting 'Assessment Adjustment' within the email subject header) as soon as possible. We will help wherever we can.

As members of the UK government’s Disability Confident Scheme, we are positive about employing, retaining and developing disabled people. If you apply through the Disability Confident Scheme and meet the essential criteria for the role you’ve applied for, we’ll put you through to the next stage of the recruitment process (for example, an online test). If you wish to apply through the scheme, please email recruitment@jobs.ba.com (quoting ‘Disability Confident’ and the role you're applying for within the subject header) as soon as possible.

Application Journey

There is a four step process when applying as an experienced pilot to the Direct Entry Pilot or Military Scheme.

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Pre-Employment Checks

As a company our number one priority is to maintain the safety and security of our people and our customers. The requirement to do thorough pre-employment checks on all new joiners is essential. We have specific regulatory requirements that apply to these checks as we are an aviation business and these may feel quite complex and time consuming.

For airside roles we need to do a full 5 year pre-employment check, this includes education, ALL jobs and gaps of 28 days, or more, along with documentary evidence.

It is important that you provide us with accurate, and in-depth information as any discrepancies will cause delay and may affect your start date.

You will also need to apply for a Criminal Records Check (CRC,) as well as an overseas CRC if you have lived overseas in the last 5 years. If an overseas criminal record certificate is over 10 weeks old but you have not returned to the country of issue it is valid, if you have revisited the country during this period it is no longer valid.

Typically the CRC will take two weeks to be issued, the overseas CRC will vary from country to country. The Pre-employment checks for airside will typically take around 16 weeks, the time will vary depending on the number of jobs, or gaps we have to check, and validate.

We realise this sounds quite complex but we will work with you, and our 3rd Party suppliers to make sure the process is as seamless as possible.

Your help with the process is vital, and would be much appreciated.

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