Selection Process

Welcome to the dedicated site for this programme's selection process. Here you can find all the details & information regarding this programme as well as the online application form.

Iberia Cadetes

Welcome to FTE’s application website for Iberia Cadetes

Before you present your candidature via the online application form below, please take the time to familiarise yourself with the Mentored & Financed Scheme’s particulars by reading through the information you will find at the bottom of this page. 

If having read the information provided you think you fit the initial profile, we invite you to apply online. Good luck!

Selection process information

Terms and conditions.

Welcome to Iberia Cadetes, an airline pilot programme and ATPL course run in collaboration with FTEJerez. I am Javier González Castillo, Head of Training at Iberia, and charged by the airline to assist with the hiring and training of its flight deck crews.

Iberia Cadetes is a Mentored Scheme that has been developed with our training partner, FTEJerez, to provide a source of quality preselected pilots to crew our aircraft. You will undertake training under the Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) route to the right-hand seat of our aircraft. The course has been specifically designed to teach you all of the key elements necessary for you to successfully transition to an Iberia flight deck.

During your training in Jerez, your progress will be mentored throughout the course by Iberia and as the final phase of this course, students will undergo an A320 Type Rating with Iberia’s selected provider.

Selection for the programme will follow the standard format and battery of tests FTEJerez conducts for other airline mentored schemes. Top candidates will be offered positions on courses commencing training at Jerez in November 2019 and during the first months of 2020.

May I take this opportunity to wish you every success with your application and the selection process.

Javier González Castillo

Head of Training

Iberia Cadetes is a Mentored & Financed Airline Pilot Scheme, which is an FTEJerez training programme for low-hour entry to the Iberia Group. This is a great opportunity for people who want to join a leading airline which is the Spanish flag carrier and one of the most punctual and longstanding airlines in the world.

We are looking for high calibre, well-motivated individuals who are keen to be part of our team.

To be eligible for this scheme you must be 18 years old, hold at least high school qualifications (Bachillerato or equivalent), and have achieved access to University (EvAU or equivalent), although a University Degree will be highly valued. You must also have a clean criminal record and hold the right to live and work in the EU.

Candidates must speak Spanish at a native level and hold at least a C1 English proficiency or equivalent. It is not necessary to hold a formal evaluation or certificate as FTEJerez will directly assess language competencies.

Should you hold a formal ELP certificate, you will be asked to submit it should your application be successful.

As this is an airline pilot programme and ATPL course, applications from qualified commercial pilots (CPL/ATPL, under any authority) will not be considered.

Iberia Cadetes follows the syllabus and structure of FTE’s renowned integrated ATPL course, the Airline First Officer Programme (AFOP), which for this particular airline scheme has a total price of 111.000€.

If successful, however, you will only require to fund 50% of the programme. The remaining 50% (55.000€) will be financed by Iberia and deducted from your net wages once the A320 type rating course is completed and you become an employee of the Iberia Group.

The candidate will also have to fund an Airbus A320 Type Rating provided by Iberia’s TR supplier.

Iberia Cadetes total fees are inclusive of the following:

  • 62 weeks of training
  • Full-board accommodation (3 meals a day), VAT included
  • 1st attempt, ground and flying EASA exams
  • Renewal of the EASA Class One Medical
  • All training material
  • Landing and navigation fees
  • FTEJerez cadet uniform (except shoes)
  • No additional accommodation charge in the unlikely event of delay in training due to adverse weather

Please bear in mind the course start dates (November 2019) when considering the remaining funds that you will require in order to commence training. For this purpose, FTEJerez has partnerships with a number of Spanish banks. Please click here for further details.

Throughout the training, the Iberia cadet’s performance will not only be monitored by FTE’s training team, but there will also be an oversight by Iberia’s Training team.

If successful throughout the training at FTEJerez no further selection will be required by Iberia. With over 130 destinations in nearly 50 different countries and a modern fleet of mainly Airbus aircraft, there are great opportunities for career progression within the airline.

Please note that following graduation from the programme, cadets may have to join a waiting pool for a few months until the corresponding First Officer vacancy required by the airline is made available.

Candidates will be able to apply as from the 6th of August until the 5th of September inclusive. It is advised, however, that candidates apply within the first week of the selection window.

When applying, you will be required to create a user name and password. With this information, you will be given access to a personal Candidate Area, where you can complete your application. Should you meet the initial criteria you will be given access to a series of questions that must be answered from your Candidate Area within the specified period.

Should your application be successful in progressing to the next phase you will be required to travel, at your own expense, to FTE’s campus in Jerez de la Frontera. Currently, this selection phase will take place during the months of September and October. If you previously attended an assessment day at FTEJerez in the past 12 months, the results you obtained might be used for this phase. Contact the Assessment Department for more information.

The assessment will include aptitude tests, a group exercise and an evidence-based interview. Candidates invited to this phase will receive pre-test guidance material in order to prepare for it.

The final element of the selection process will include a personality assessment, an interview, and a company medical check with Iberia (NB: not the Class 1 medical, which you will have to obtain on your own), which will take place at the airline’s headquarters in Madrid, Spain. The date for this one-day selection phase will be arranged with successful candidates.

Throughout the selection process you will be advised as to whether or not your application has been progressed to the next stage.

Please note that emails will not be sent and that you must visit your personal candidate area for these updates.

Due to the large number of applications expected, neither Iberia nor FTEJerez will be in a position to provide individual detailed feedback on your performance.

Application form

Apply online. A step-by-step application process.

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Please note that should you not hold official certificates, you may provide us with a self-assessment of your language skills. FTEJerez will run language assessments as part of the selection process.

Note: if you are successful through your application, you will be asked to upload a copy of your ELP certificate.

Insert below your formal education level achieved at year 12 or 13. Please include results that warrant university access in your country's education system, for example: A-Levels, International Baccalaureate, Leaving Certs, Maturità, Bac, Abitur, etc. Please note that should you be currently undergoing formal education, you should fill in the degree you will have completed by the course start date, i.e. if you are currently undertaking Bachillerato or University studies, you should fill the fields below with that information.

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