CQUniversity Australia, Hinterland Aviation and Virgin Australia have developed a new pathway for graduate pilots that will take them through a regional airline and on to a major airline within two years of graduating, the university announced today
Through the agreement, Cairns-based regional airline Hinterland Aviation will be able to employ students immediately after graduating from CQUniversity and then after two years the candidate will have the opportunity to apply for a position with Virgin Australia.
“This is a momentous partnership not only for CQUniversity, Hinterland and Virgin Australia, but more importantly for the opportunity it provides to our graduating pilots,” CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Professor Nick Klomp said.
“Not only is this partnership addressing the global pilot shortage but it also aligns with the university’s Strategic Plan by providing sector-leading graduate opportunities."
Hinterland Aviation Managing Director Mark Dorward said his company was proud to work with CQUniversity and Virgin Australia on the pathway.
“Hinterland Aviation is proud to be part of this initiative to develop a graduate pilot career continuum,” he said. “We see the potential of this pathway, which, through partnership, provides opportunities to ensure that all aspects of training and development are strategically aligned for mutual benefit.
“This partnership is an exciting opportunity in developing a sustainable supply of highly capable aviation professionals across the industry.”
Virgin Australia General Manager, Aircraft Operations, Mike Fitzgerald, said that securing a supply of pilots was a priority for the airline.
“Investing in the future generation of pilots is a top priority for Virgin Australia, and we’re pleased to be participating in this initiative alongside CQUniversity Australia and Hinterland Aviation and providing students with the opportunity for potential employment with our airline in their future careers.”