Cadet Pilot Programme

Am I considered as an Etihad employee if selected for the programme?

Yes. You will be enrolled as a permanent full-time employee of Etihad Airways subject to completion of the necessary medical examinations, security checks, and police clearance where required. Please note that you will only be furnished with a contract of employment after successful completion of the foundation course.

What does the foundation course consist of?

Aviation English, mathematics and physics.

Will I get paid during the foundation course/training?

Yes. The company will pay you a stipend on a monthly basis. This is salary during the foundation course (the first six months) and a social allowance will be added when you start the flying course (next 18 months).

What is a stipend?

A stipend is a form of monetary payment or salary, such as for an internship or apprenticeship. It is often distinct from a wage or a salary because it does not necessarily represent payment for work performed. Instead it represents a payment that enables somebody to be exempt partly or wholly.

Will I be provided with accommodation and transportation during the course?

Cadets who are from Emirates other than Abu Dhabi will be provided with accommodation. If a cadet is currently residing in Al Ain, then accommodation may be granted. Transportation will only be provided if a cadet is required to travel from Horizon International Flight Academy (Al Ain) to Etihad’s Training Academy (Abu Dhabi) for an assessment.

What will be my title after the Cadet Pilot Programme?

After the successful completion of the programme, you will be required to sign another employment contract with Etihad Airways to serve as a Second Officer.

Graduate Management Programme

Will I be a trainee for the duration of the course and then become an Etihad employee after graduation?

Trainees are employees of the company from the start and receive the normal benefits as per other staff.

What are the other employment benefits of working for Etihad?

A monthly basic salary, housing allowance, transportation allowance, child allowance, social allowance, personal accident insurance, medical insurance, pension scheme, annual leave, annual leave ticket and concessionary travel.

Is accommodation provided?


What is the duration of the programme?

Approximately 22 months.

What are the daily work times?

Mostly from 8am until 4pm.

What are the management prospects going forward?

This will depend on performance and the attitude shown during the programme.

Will I be required to travel overseas?

There is opportunity to travel but this is not mandatory.

What qualification do I get on graduation?

Graduates obtain an internationally recognised diploma from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

What happens after graduation?

Upon successful completion of the programme, you have the opportunity to choose a department in which to work as a manager, depending on vacancies and performance.

Is there a certain period of time that I need to remain with Etihad?

Yes you will be bonded for a certain period of time depending on the course fees.

Do I have to repay anything if I leave before the agreed bonding period?

Yes, depending on the status of your course.

For UAE Nationals

Does Etihad provide sponsorship if I want to complete my studies?

Management review such requests on a case-by-case basis.

Am I eligible to apply for the pension scheme?

Yes, all UAE nationals are enrolled in Abu Dhabi pension scheme.

When can I take annual leave?

As per the programme schedule for all streams.