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Flight Instructor Higher Apprenticeship


Flight Instructor Higher Apprenticeship 2018


The aim of the Flight Instructor Higher Apprenticeship Scheme is to assist a successful individual to progress to Flight Instruction as a career by giving access to the highest skilled trainers/examiners in a Flight School teaching environment and covers all direct training and examination costs for the successful candidate as they achieve their unrestricted Fixed Wing Flying Instructor Certificate.  The Apprenticeship provides an employment placement in the flight school for one year and will run from summer 2018.

Applications from potential candidates must be received at the office of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots by Wednesday 3 April 2018.


Pre-Entry requirements (which must be met by the date of interview 22 May 2018) - are as follows:

(a)    Hold a valid EASA CPL(A) or ATPL(A) licence including a valid SEP class rating.
(b)    Have completed at least 200 hours of flight time of which not less than 100 hours shall be pilot-in-command (PIC) if holding an ATPL(A) or CPL(A).
(c)    Have completed 20 hours of VFR cross country flying including a VFR cross-country flight as PIC of at least 540km (300nm) in the course of which full stop landings at two different aerodromes have been made.
(d)    Have completed at least 30 hours on single-engine piston powered aeroplanes of which at least five hours shall have been completed during the six months preceding the pre-entry flight test (see note below).
(e)    Hold or have held in the preceding 2 years a valid EASA instrument rating.
(f)    At least five GCSEs at grade C or above (or the non-UK equivalent).
(g)    Hold a IELTS certificate at level 6 or equivalent (for speakers of English as a second language only).

The Flight Instructor (FI) Higher Apprenticeship is open to all people who can demonstrate that they have the necessary medical category and technical aptitude to become a professional flying instructor.  Specific entry requirements will be determined by the employing approved training organisation.  In accordance with the requirements for apprenticeships, all applicants must be employed on an apprenticeship contract for a minimum of 30 hours a week.

Applicants to this Apprenticeship will be of any age, with differing backgrounds and experience but with a degree of aptitude that will enable them to continue to achieve the FI Higher Apprenticeship, equivalent to year 2 of a 3 year honours degree.

Applicants to this apprenticeship must meet the following additional criteria:
•    be able to meet and maintain an unrestricted class one medical certificate (EASA approved and issued in UK)
•    produce a Criminal Record Check Basic Disclosure Certificate before training can commence
•    successfully complete the relevant aptitude testing as required by the Air Pilots or Approved Training Organisation

Personal Attributes - Apprentices should have:
•    Good hand eye coordination
•    Good interpersonal skills
•    The ability to give and follow clear verbal instructions
•    The ability to remain calm and take control in an emergency situation
•    Good teamwork skills
•    The ability to understand and work with technology

A successful applicant for entry into the Higher Apprenticeship can expect to spend the first 2 months of their apprenticeship working at the ATO training provider, acting in the role of assistant operations manager, before commencing a Flight Instructor Course (FIC) to be completed in circa 3 months.  This FIC training will include 25 hours of teaching and learning, 100 hours of ground training (including technical refresher training and classroom teaching practice) and a minimum of 30 hours flight instruction, of which a minimum of 25 hours will be dual instruction and 5 hours may be mutual flying (meaning two course students flying together to practise flight demonstrations).  On completion of the FIC an assessment of competence will be conducted by an independent EASA  approved Flight Instructor Examiner (FI(E)), agreed by the Air Pilots, and the apprentice will be awarded a FI(Restricted) certificate.   The apprentice will continue to work at the ATO for the remainder of their first year during which time the apprentice will:

•    Conduct further training to remove the restrictions to their rating as detailed in the associated framework document.
•    Conduct further continuous personal development modules as detailed in the associated framework document.

At the end of the one-year apprenticeship, the Air Pilots will conduct a final assessment of flying instructional skills, as detailed in the associated framework document. On completion of the FI Apprenticeship, the apprentice will be required to continue working as a Flight instructor with the ATO for a minimum period of 2 years. If they leave the ATO in less than 2 years they will be required to repay any training cost incurred by the ATO.


click on the blue links to download the application form for the Flight Instructor Higher Apprenticeship 2018