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How do I apply to work at Virgin Atlantic?

To apply for one of our jobs, please use the search and apply boxes on our site.

Have you got any advice on how to write my CV?

Check out our CV advice page to get some great tips on writing a stand-out CV.

I have not completed my job application, how do I do this?

Complete your application by clicking ‘Update My Details’ in the navigation menu of the search and apply section. Your username is the email address you gave us when you registered and your password is what you have chosen at registration.

When completing your application, please make sure you have ‘ticked’ each different section of the application, you’ve uploaded your CV and that you click the ‘Submit Application’ link once you’ve finished.

What is the Recruitment process?

Our recruitment process changes depending on the type of position we’re recruiting for, but it might include interviews, assessment centres and testing. To see more information about the types of assessment we use, please view our assessment process.

How long does it take to process my application?

This varies from role to role, however you can rest assured that we respond to every candidate with an outcome as soon as possible.

Why haven’t I been offered an interview?

Unfortunately, we can’t interview everybody who applies, and there might be applicants who have more relevant skills & experience suited to the role profile. Please be advised that due to the amount of applications we receive we are unable to offer feedback to our external candidates.

What pre-employment screening is done?

If you’re offered a role with us, we need you to provide us with a 5 year reference history. You’ll also be asked to apply for a Criminal Records Certificate (CRC) and you’ll need to cover this cost. If you have been resident in an overseas country for 6 months or longer within the last 5 years, we’ll also require you to apply for a CRC specific to that country. Costs for this can vary between countries. If you have any questions about this process, we’ll be happy to answer these during your interview. For more information click here.

I have received a job offer but I am not sure it is genuine, what should I do?

We’ve recently been told that people have been receiving emails containing fake offers of employment with Virgin companies. These emails are sometimes sent in response to CV’s or your contact details being posted on recruitment sites and other websites.

These jobs don’t exist and Virgin companies with genuine employment opportunities won’t contact you in this way. If you’ve received a suspicious email, please don’t send your personal details, money or respond in any way. Please contact or the relevant Virgin Group company as soon as possible.

For more information about what to expect before we make a formal job offer please click here.

What jobs are available across the Virgin Group?

There are lots of different Virgin companies you could work for; however we only recruit people for Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Cargo and Virgin Holidays. For other roles in the Virgin Group, like Virgin Trains, Virgin Media, Virgin Active etc. please visit Virgin Careers website.

I’m at school and dream of being pilot, what should I do to achieve this?

The Virgin Atlantic Future Flyers cadet scheme has been set up to help you achieve your dream of becoming a pilot once you turn 18. Until then, there are lots of things you can do to find out about becoming a pilot or even getting yourself some time in the air at the controls.

Air Cadets

The Air Cadets is a nationwide organisation which doesn’t just introduce you to becoming air-minded, you’ll also do plenty of outward bound and team building activities too.  There are many opportunities within the Air Cadets, aside from flying; gain additional qualifications, take responsibility, be promoted within the organisation, learn new skills and even teach them to others. You can join form the ages of 12 to 17 years old.

Find out more here.

Go Gliding!

Going gliding at your local club will introduce you to flying in its purest form, relatively inexpensively. Did you know that you can fly solo at the age of 14 in the UK? If you fancy holding a gliding licence before you hold your driving licence, then you can find out where your nearest club is by looking at the BGA website. Some of the larger clubs even have their own cadet schemes especially for young people.

Find out more here.

Free Flying!

You can access general aviation careers information from the organisations mentioned below. They also run scholarship and bursary schemes to help young people go flying more easily.  These range from scholarships for full Private Pilots Licences to gliding courses. All of these organisations have branches specially for like-minded young people who share a passion for flying.

Find out more:

Honourable Company of Air Pilots
The Air League
Royal Aeronautical Society

I am already 18 years old

When you do reach 18, you can apply for the Virgin Atlantic Future Flyers cadet scheme through CTC Aviation, a partner company, who have a structured pilot training programme that leads towards the Civil Aviation Authority’s latest Multi Pilot Licence (MPL) and could lead to a position as a First Officer on the Airbus A330-300 with Virgin Atlantic Airways.

  • You need to be between 18 and 57 years old
  • Have 5 GCSEs including Maths and Science above a grade C
  • Have no criminal convictions
  • Have Level 6 English
  • Have right to live and work in UK

More details can be found here.

I am already a First Officer with another airline

From time to time Virgin Atlantic advertises for direct entry First Officers with either Airbus and/or Boeing experience.

  • For Airbus you must hold a current type rating on the Airbus and dependant on the aircraft type, have a minimum of 3,000 hours total flying time including at least 1,000 Airbus hours of which 500 must be on the A330 or A340 types.
  • For Boeing (dependant of the specific aircraft requirement) you will need a minimum experience of 2,500 hours total flying time and 500 hours on type, and have flown the aircraft type within the last 6 months.

I’m at school and dream of being crew, what should I do to achieve this?

To join as crew, you will need the following experience and attributes:

  • You need to be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • In order to reach the overhead lockers on board you must have an arm reach of 210cm
  • You will need to be able to do the brace position which involves having your feet flat on the floor whilst sitting in our jump seat which is 45cm off the floor.
  • Good customer service experience
  • Have a minimum of three GCSE or equivalent level passes (it is not necessary to have done a crew related course)
  • Have no live criminal convictions or cases pending, including drink driving convictions.

We would also suggest taking any opportunity to participate in team activities (either part-time/summer holiday/Saturday jobs etc.) in customer service while you are still in school or college. This could contribute to an all-rounded experience that may be helpful when you eventually apply for a cabin crew role.

Do you offer work experience?

We are sorry but we do not have work experience opportunities within Virgin Atlantic, we receive a large number of these requests and we are unable to accommodate the high volumes, as we would want any opportunity to experience working with us to be meaningful, but our teams unfortunately cannot accommodate this.

Do you offer graduate/placement years?

Currently we do not offer a formal graduate placement scheme, however we have future plans to look at this, so please check back on our careers site for updates.

How does Future Flyers work?

Please click here for more information on this programme.

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