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Helicentre and Bristow Open Sponsored Cadet Programme


Photo: Courtesy of Bristow

Helicentre Aviation Academy and Bristow Helicopters are proud to announce the launch of the Bristow Cadet Programme designed to create the next generation of Bristow pilots. Four cadets will have their training fully sponsored to enable them to qualify as Commercial Helicopter Pilots. The cadets will also receive sponsorship of their Instrument Rating course enabling them to transition directly from training into employment with Bristow, flying offshore as first officers at one of the company’s UK bases. The programme will commence this autumn and will be delivered at Helicentre’s Midlands-based training centre.

Bristow is investing in its future pilot workforce, providing opportunities for the selected cadets to receive the training, financing and mentoring opportunities they need to become industry professionals. When it comes to ab-initio training, Bristow and Helicentre share the same philosophies; both companies equally determined to ensure tomorrow’s pilots are offered the very best, operator-focused training.

Captain Guy Holmes, Bristow’s Flight Operations Manager (Offshore UK) explained, “We have created a ‘ready for industry’ partner programme with Helicentre for those applicants who meet the high standards both companies expect, and we are delighted to be in a position to offer these future helicopter pilots a great start to their careers”. 

Helicentre Aviation Chairman, Chris Line added “Being chosen to provide training for one of the world’s leading helicopter operators once again allows us to contribute to the growing demand for professional helicopter pilots, and we are exceptionally proud to have this opportunity”. News of the Bristow Cadet Programme comes less than a week after the Academy announced a “Bristow” CPL(H) scholarship for its modular students, providing investment into commercial training from Helicentre and mentorship from Bristow.

The Bristow Cadet Programme application window opens today, Monday 12th August and closes on Saturday 31st August 2019. Successful applicants of the joint Helicentre – Bristow selection process are expected to be announced by the middle of September. Full details about the Cadet Programme can be found at www.flyheli.co.uk/bristow where those who meet the pre-requisites can register their interest and complete an online application. 

Helicentre Aviation Academy will be holding an informal open day on Sunday 18th August between 10:00 and 16:00, which also coincides with World Helicopter Day. This will provide those interested with an opportunity to visit the training centre in Leicester, and speak to members of the team about the Cadet Programme and career opportunities available to future pilots.





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