airBRIDGE Cadet Programme - Let Your Career Soar With Aviation

We are continuing to accept applications for upcoming Cadet roles.

Read on to learn more about the programme and how to apply.

What is CIAL airBRIDGE?
  • Get your career in Airport Operations ready for take-off!
  • Achieve NZQA Level 4 qualifications
  • Earn while you learn
  • Make direct industry connections

CIAL airBRIDGE is a cadet training programme, equipping you with the base skills and experience to fast-track a career in Airport Operations.  At the successful completion of the programme, our cadets will have achieved the NZQA National Certificate in Airport Operations Level 4 in Customer Service and Airport Safety.

We provide a supportive and hands-on environment, making the role ideal for those new to the workforce , an ideal bridge between study and the industry. Over the 12 months you will progressively learn the skills and responsibilities of an Airport Services Co-ordinator at Christchurch Airport and gain an insight into the variety of other stakeholder roles involved in an airport operation.

As the face of the Christchurch Airport, you will interact with a variety of people from airline staff to visitors and everyone in between. You need to be comfortable on your feet for long hours, available for shift work and be happy working inside and outside.

Who Can Apply?

This is an entry level programme and is designed for people new to the industry and considering a career in aviation. This programme runs full time for 12 months, so you must be able to commit to the full duration.

You must meet the following criteria:
  • Achieved NCEA Level 2 at a minimum
  • Currently hold a full NZ Drivers Licence Class 1 (Car), or a restricted Drivers Licence, for which you will need to obtain an exemption to drive outside of the restricted hours
  • Be available and willing to work shifts across a 24/7 roster, 4 days on and 4 days off
  • Be eligible to hold a Civil Aviation Authority Airport Identity Card (you will be required to complete an application for this including a criminal history check)

In addition we are looking for candidates who can demonstrate:
  • A keen interest in the airport and aviation industry
  • Experience participating in a team, and achieving successful team outcomes
  • An ability to handle multi-cultural situations - and speaking another language is a bonus
  • Most importantly - you are a natural people person, outgoing and excited about working in an airport environment.
Application Requirements:

Introduction Essay/Cover Letter

Please tell us about yourself and why you would like this opportunity. What appeals to you about the CIAL airBRIDGE Programme? What would you contribute to Christchurch Airport? What life or work experience has made you an ideal candidate for this cadetship? What are your career ambitions? Why the airport/aviation industry?

Your CV

Preparing your CV is the first step to entering the working world and if you've never put one together now is a good time to start. Be sure to include the following:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Education, qualifications, any extra courses you have done
  • Paid or unpaid work experience if you have any, with the dates and employer details
  • Voluntary or community experience if any
  • Extra-curricular activities, sports, hobbies etc. - these are optional but can help demonstrate your personal qualities and strengths

You will need to upload your own CV document in Word or PDF format. Please make sure your file size is less than 1MB.

Apply Online

Read through the advertisement and application requirements to make sure you have what it takes

  • Complete the online application form
  • Upload your Introduction Essay in place of a cover letter
  • Upload your CV
  • Submit your application


What Happens Next?

For open intakes, following the closing date, we will review all applications to create a shortlist, and will be in contact soon after to update you on your application.  Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview or to attend an assessment centre, as well as complete psychometric assessments for ability and personality profiles.

For expressions of interest, we will hold your application on file until our next intake, and will be in touch at that time to update you on your application.