Virgin Atlantic has launched a new programme offering potential pilots the chance to join the airline.
Applicants need no previous flying experience but are required to have a minimum of five GCSEs or equivalent including maths, science and English.
The would-be pilots will be "part of the Virgin family from day one", with the future flyers programme being run in partnership with pilot training company CTC Aviation. Words: PA
The 18-month programme comprises pre-flight training, full motion flight deck simulation at CTC Aviation's crew training centre at Southampton, and flight training in Phoenix, Arizona.
The programme leads towards the Civil Aviation Authority's latest multi pilot licence and a position as a Virgin Atlantic co-pilot operating the Airbus A330-300.
Virgin's flight operations general manager David Kistruck said: "Our people have always been at the heart of Virgin Atlantic and we're delighted to offer this opportunity to a whole new generation of
"They'll be part of the Virgin family from day one and will enjoy an opportunity like no other, as the only trainee pilots in Europe to fly straight onto long-haul aircraft once qualified."