Griffith aviation students have secured the lion’s share of Virgin Australia pilot cadetships for 2019. The Virgin Australia Pilot Cadetship program runs over 54 weeks in South Australia at Flight Training Adelaide, where cadets learn from the best in the industry and graduate with a Commercial Pilot Licence. Upon graduation of the program they are offered a role as a First or Second Officer with Virgin Australia.
Of the 16 Virgin cadetships up for grabs, 10 Griffith students were offered places for next year’s intake from a submission process that saw the most applications ever registered. The 13-week assessment process for the program involved a range of skills-based and theoretical testing including interviews, reference checks, personality profiling, computer-based learning and examinations.
Griffith Head of Aviation, Associate Professor Gui Lohmann, said the results obtained in 2018 was a great testimony of the quality of the aviation students that Griffith attracts and recognition of the education they received as part of the Bachelor of Aviation program. “Apart from learning from excellent lecturers with real world experience in aviation, Griffith University offers the students the Aviation MATES program, developing a number of critical industry skills such as leadership, communication skills, resilience and teamwork,” he said.?
Virgin Australia Fleet Training and Cadet Manager, Nathan Burkitt said that, “we’re very pleased to be welcoming a number of Griffith University’s most promising students to the program. Some of our most talented pilots have come to us via Griffith’s Bachelor of Aviation program and I have no doubt this group will all have bright futures ahead of them.”