RMIT has partnered with Australia’s iconic airline to offer our top aviation students a pathway to become a Qantas pilot.
The Qantas Future Pilot Program will give talented aviation students access to experienced pilots during their studies, and selected students will be invited to complete an intensive 12-week Airline Transition Course.
After successfully completing the course, students will be eligible to enter the Qantas Group as a Turboprop First Officer with QantasLink.
Once employed by QantasLink, graduates will complete their training under the supervision of QantasLink’s experienced training team and go on to become qualified as First Officers flying the airline’s Dash 8 200/300 or Q400 fleet.
Michael Heffey, Senior Manager of Flight and Aviation at RMIT, said: “The Qantas Future Pilot Program is a wonderful training and career opportunity for our most talented aviation students and we are delighted to be one of only five Australia universities involved in the program.”
Current RMIT aviation student Anna Garliss agrees.
"This initiative offers a unique pathway to the airlines that young pilots dream of,” Garliss said.
“The opportunity to join Qantas and be trained by expert pilots is one that kick-starts a young pilot’s career. RMIT’s partnership with Qantas will have a life-changing impact on aviation students.”
New pilots are usually only considered for employment with a commercial airline after spending time flying in the general aviation market, which is most often gained by flying single-pilot charter aircraft or by seeking employment outside of Australia.
To be eligible to be considered for the program, students need to be enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Aviation) or Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilot) and be actively undertaking flying training in one of these programs.
Students also need to have an equivalent GPA score of 4.0 or above for the duration of their degree, and Australian work rights.
Story: Louisa Ragas