Exciting opportunities we offer to our future talent

Digital & IT Graduate Trainee Programme

This graduate programme is designed for candidates with a passion for technology and aviation, offering an unparalleled start to a fulfilling career at Cathay Pacific. At no other point in history have we had this much technology at our fingertips. With IT and Digital going hand in hand, it provides us with the power to transform every aspect of the business digitally and help drive Cathay Pacific forward. Graduate Trainees will have the chance to work with the latest technologies in major IT & Digital projects; and the opportunity to drive digital initiatives and crunch data to derive insights in Digital.

Join us now to create visible impact on airline operations and deliver quality experience to our customers.


Over the course of two years, you will receive well-rounded learning by completing multiple rotations across various streams, allowing you to experience our broad IT & Digital functions first-hand and explore where your strengths and interests lie.

Application Solutions – Deliver value to the business with state-of-the-art technologies by contributing to business analysis, system analysis, application design or development in Agile or Waterfall projects

Digital – Drive transformation digital initiatives, participate in formulating digital strategies and data analysis to derive insights

Infrastructure & operations – Provide seamless infrastructure & operations by participating in modernization on our infrastructure including networks, clouds, workplace; and apply IT best practices, standards, frameworks and governance to IT operations

Business – Rotate to areas outside IT, such as Customer Experience & Design, Lean and other business departments.


Training, mentorship & development

Your development and growth are at the heart of the programme. Throughout the two years, you will be continuously supported via on-the-job training, performance management processes and one-on-one mentorship by our senior IT managers.

You will also receive on-going opportunities to build networks throughout the business, interact with senior managers and collaborate with IT & Digital specialists from various disciplines. The valuable connections you build with some of the brightest minds in the business and the broad professional skill set you gain will set you up for a long-lasting and successful career at Cathay Pacific.


You will be empowered to put forth your own ideas and materialise them through innovation projects. Through workshops that help you think outside the box, guidance from our design, development and business experts, and support from senior managers, the programme could enable you to create a product that generates business value for the airline.

The first of the innovation projects available to the public, the Cathay Moments app, was released in December 2016. Sparked from boredom while waiting for the plane at the gate, Cathay Moments now helps travellers create a more memorable and rewarding experience when they travel. From the product proposition to the coding to the creation of the app’s unique Cathay stickers, the app is developed and supported entirely by our Graduate Trainees.

As new features continue to be rolled out to Cathay Moments, the programme continues to cultivate innovative ideas that could shape the travel experience.

Career Development

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be qualified as an IT or Digital specialist and within our Solutions, Digital or Infrastructure and Operations teams. We will endeavour to place you in an area that aligns with your interests and path your career into roles such as solution analyst, solution architect, infrastructure engineer, digital analyst or project manager.

What are we looking for?

  • You have a right of abode in Hong Kong
  • You have a genuine in exploiting technology to create an impact for the airline and our customers
  • You have the business acumen and excellent analytical skills
  • You have strong problem-solving and influencing skills
  • You have high learning agility, good initiator and passion to succeed
  • You can cope with a dynamic, diversified and multi-cultural working environment
  • You are a team player and able to work independently and cross-functionally


  • You have a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent education qualifications) in IT or Engineering disciplines, or any related discipline that demonstrates your exposure to technology
  • You have strong academic results


  • Excellent English verbal and written communication and presentation skills, including the ability to explain technical concepts to a non-technical audience
  • Fluency in Cantonese and Mandarin is preferred but not required

Application of 2022 intake will commerce in October, please stay tuned!

1. Graduate Engineer Programme

Engineering is the cornerstone of Cathay Pacific’s operation. Our team of ambitious and passionate graduates, experienced engineers, managers and industry-leading experts work together to ensure that we maintain our reputation as one of the best and safest airlines in the world.

About the programme

Our two-year, HKIE Scheme A-accredited Graduate Engineer Programme exposes you to our airlines’ engineering operations and cutting edge aviation technologies on some of the industry’s youngest and most sophisticated fleets.

The Graduate Engineer Programme is based between our offices and engineering facilities, with plenty of exposures abroad. You will be rotated through functions in Engineering as well as receiving technical training and hands-on experiences from industry-leading experts, senior managers and talent from across the globe.

You will rotate around our Engineering department, where you will learn about our world-class fleet –including Boeing 747 and 777, Airbus A320, A330 and A350. Some of the work you might find yourself in during your rotations might include:

  • Investigating a recurring technical defect on our fleet and find its remedy
  • Design layouts for our new aircraft cabins
  • Turn a new livery design into reality
  • Pitch our engineering services to other airlines
  • Take part in quality audits in an outport

You will also be sent to Haeco for a 6-month hands-on training, working on the shop floor with our main maintenance provider. By getting your hands dirty and work alongside maintenance crews, you will appreciate how the work as an engineer is realised on our fleet. An added bonus is gaining handy life skills such as using hand tools efficiently!

The programme will allow you to:

  • Develop an understanding of the Engineering organisation; our purpose, structure, ambition, priorities, values and drivers
  • Build a broad understanding of core airline engineering processes
  • Develop basic engineering and business competencies to make sound engineering decisions
  • Progress towards meeting competency requirements for a professional engineer

Please note, subject to operational needs and work patterns associated with various training assignments, on occasion you will have to work on shifts.

Personal Development

During the programme you will be mentored by members of senior management, guiding you to grow on your competencies & towards becoming a professional engineer. You will attend classroom trainings on basic maintenance theories and fleet-specific knowledge, and professional skills training supported by The Learning Academy, Cathay Pacific’s centre for professional training.

You will be involved in a host of activities within the company- from running a racing team in the annual 24-hour Pedal Kart Grand Prix to showing off our newest aircraft to press & customers.

After the Programme

Your development will not stop after the Graduate Engineer Programme. Upon successful completion of the programme, you will specialise in either our Operations or Programmes stream as an associate engineer, placing you well for further development to becoming a professional engineer and beyond.

Entry requirements

The following are essential for entry into the programme:

  • An HKIE ACE recognised or Washington Accord accredited degree
  • Solid academic background
  • Right of abode in Hong Kong
  • High standard of written and spoken English (fluency in Cantonese and Mandarin are advantageous)
  • Sound understanding of engineering concepts
  • Passionate about aviation
  • Adaptable to cope with a dynamic, diversified and multi-cultural working environment

Application of 2022 intake will commerce in October, please stay tuned!

2. Operational Graduate Engineer Programme

About the Programme

The 3-year programme exposes you to our airline operations and to a sophisticated fleet of aircraft that employ leading edge technologies. By the end of the programme, you will have met the experience requirements for a HKAR-66 Cat B1.1 or B2 Aircraft Maintenance Licence.

During the program you will exposed to key operational roles within our Engineering department through rotations. You will also spend time in a Hong Kong approved Maintenance and Repair Organisation, and a Cathay Pacific Line Station overseas to gain hands on practical experience.

Personal Development

You will be mentored by members of the Senior Engineering team. You will attend classroom training on basic maintenance theory and fleet-specific knowledge, plus soft skills training, and development.

After the Programme

Upon Completion of the programme, you will work for one of our specialist Operational teams as a Licensed Aircraft Engineer. You will receive ongoing continuous development throughout your career. If you show the ability then you have the opportunity to progress within the organisation and eventually into a technical leadership role.

Entry requirements

The following are essential for entry into the programme:

  • BEng degree in Aircraft, Aerospace or Aeronautical or Mechanical discipline
  • Candidates who have taken and passed the necessary HKAR-66 module examinations and practical assessments or received a HKAR-147 Certificate of Recognition for category B1.1 or B2 will have an advantage
  • Right of abode in Hong Kong
  • Good command of both written and spoken English. Mandarin is preferred but not required
  • Motivated and passionate for a career in Aircraft Maintenance Operations

Application of 2022 intake will commerce in October, please stay tuned!

Swire Management Programme

The objective of the Swire Management Programme is to develop high performance, high potential individuals into business leaders who share a common set of values. On the Programme, you’ll have the option to explore different industries, functions, countries and cultures while having the flexibility to hone your skills and gain experience in the areas that interest you most. With frequent job rotations and extensive training and development support, you’ll never stop learning.

What we offer

  • Job rotations - Whether you have ambitions to become CEO of one of our companies, an industry expert or functional expert, we’ll work with you to tailor your development on the Programme. Every few years, you’ll experience job rotations which will be driven by business needs, but also take into consideration your preferences and aspirations. In the first 5 years the rotations may be quite frequent but as the roles become bigger you will spend more time in the role. Depending on the Operating Company you work in, the type of roles that you’ll get exposure to and the geographic mobility will vary. Opportunities to move across operating companies are also available.
  • Training and development - We offer a comprehensive mix of experiential leadership training, industry-specific technical skills training, and individualised functional and language training. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend training at renowned business schools such as INSEAD in Singapore and France. You’ll benefit from mentoring by our senior leaders who will provide you with an objective, independent and unbiased source of support and guidance. You’ll also have a dedicated Career Coach who will support you as you work towards your career aspirations. We also have rigorous Development Centres and 360 assessments in place to enable your development and success.
  • Career progression - For the first three years, you’ll be a Management Trainee and, thereafter, provided you have what it takes, you will become a Swire Management Programme Executive. The stronger your performance and potential, the faster you will progress on our Programme. We encourage and promote a high performance culture, with rewards and recognition in place to differentiate.
  • Compensation and benefits - The Swire Management Programme offers a highly competitive compensation and benefits package with a monthly starting salary of HKD31,000. If you're based in Hong Kong, you will be provided with company housing for the first three years or a cash allowance of HKD12,500. You’ll then receive a cash allowance in subsequent years. If you're based outside Hong Kong, you will be provided with company housing or a cash allowance. We also offer a leave passage allowance, an attractive bonus, medical coverage, a retirement benefit scheme and additional perks unique to Swire!

What we look for

  • You have the business and commercial acumen, as well as the ambition, to develop into a senior leader with Swire.
  • Strong initiative and enterprise.
  • Geographic mobility will be expected. Swire Management Programme Executives will spend most of their time working in HKSAR and the Chinese mainland but may also be required to work in other countries where our businesses operate. The extent of travel outside HKSAR will depend on which industry/operating company you work in.
  • Strong intellectual curiosity and learning agility.
  • Strong leadership potential and interpersonal skills, a good team player.
  • Culturally sensitive and quickly adaptable to new roles and situations.
  • Strong academic track record: you have or are expecting an undergraduate degree equivalent to a UK 2.1/GPA 3.0 out of 4.0; and a high level of numeracy and literacy.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English (minimum HKDSE 5, TOEFL 80, TOEIC 750 or equivalent).
  • Other language skills are an advantage, especially Chinese (Putonghua or Cantonese).
  •  Previous work experience, internships and overseas experience are a plus.

For further programme details and to apply, please visit leadership.swire.com

"My first two months with Cathay as an IT Intern were packed with opportunities to refine my skills. I am thrilled to be back as an IT Graduate Trainee, now helping to streamline and optimize workflows within the organisation."
Cornelia Tang,
Solution Analyst - IT Solutions
"It’s exciting to be an IT Graduate Trainee. Based on each trainee’s interests and abilities, the programme places us in rotations that expose us to multiple aspects of the business, equip us with various skillsets and develop our career passion."
Madison Choy,
UX/UI Designer
"In my two years in the programme, the variation of roles, tasks and people that I worked with has provided me with a valuable angle where I can correlate different projects and operations into one broad view through first-hand work experience. "
Philip Chan ,
Solution Analyst - IT Solutions - Customer

Life as a IT Graduate Trainee

Life as a Graduate Engineer

Engineering Internship

If you're an Engineering undergraduate who's enthusiastic about aviation, stay tuned to our Internship Programme.

Digital & IT Internship

If you are enthusiastic about aviation and technology, our seven-week trainee programme is an exciting and unique opportunity to develop your professional skills with valuable hands-on, real-time experience. During the programme, you will be assigned to one of our IT projects and have the opportunity to network with and learn from IT specialists via on-the-job training and shadowing.

General Management Summer Internship

A summer internship with Cathay Pacific provides a great opportunity to experience the dynamic airline industry. Summer internship opportunities in Cathay Pacific are available through the Swire Summer Internship Programme.

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Corporate and Professional

While some of our entry-level roles require a specific degree, others simply require professional and passionate individuals with the right attitude and skills.

Examples of our entry-level roles include:

  • Revenue analyst (the resources planner)
  • Cargo officer (shipping penguins around the world!)
  • Flight dispatcher (Supporting our pilots on the ground)
  • Crew control (the heroes behind our largest teams)
  • Duty technician (keeping our planes in the air)
  • Simulator engineer trainee (always putting safety first!)

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Customer service in the air and on the ground

If you love working with people in an exciting environment that keeps you thinking on your feet, one of our entry-level customer facing roles could be for you. Roles include; Flight Attendants, Customer Service Officers, Baggage Service Officers and Customer Contact Specialists.

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Cadet Pilots

If you dream of taking to the skies as a pilot, we can make your dream a reality. You don’t necessarily need flight experience, however, an aptitude and passion for aviation are essential. On your journey to becoming a Captain at one of the world’s greatest airlines, you will be trained, developed and supported by the most respected professionals in the industry.

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