Virgin Australia has announced a target of an equal intake of males and females for its 2018 Pilot Cadetship program, ensuring female representation is increased in male-dominated areas of the aviation industry. The announcement comes as Virgin Australia launches the next round of recruitment for its Pilot Cadetship Program.

Virgin Australia Group Executive People, Lucinda Gemmell commented: "In what's typically a male dominated area of the industry, we're encouraging more females to consider aviation as a career and apply for this excellent program. Globally, just three per cent of pilots are women. Our previous pilot cadetships have had up to 50 per cent females so we're confident we can reach this target this year year."

Virgin Australia's pilot cadetship is a 54-week program conducted at Flight Training Adelaide in South Australia. At the end of their training, the cadets will graduate with a Commercial Pilot Licence and will be offered roles as certified First and Second Officers with Virgin Australia.

This year, the company is offering places for two ab-initio courses, designed for those with no flying experience.

Virgin Australia is accepting applications on its website until 3 June 2018, for courses commencing in January and June of 2019.