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Students ‘soar’ to new heights with fly2help Aim High Weeks on the Airbus UK Flying Challenge

Created: 23rd Mar 2017

Over two weeks in March, several aviation companies opened their doors to inspire 30 Year 9 students from Bristol Metropolitan Academy.

This was a version of ‘Aim High’ run by aviation charity, fly2help, as part of the Airbus Flying Challenge; a programme that engages and inspires young people to succeed with their education, whilst building their self-esteem and confidence via aviation. 

“I’ve really been inspired by what I’ve seen today and I love the atmosphere here. I hope that I can begin my career at Bristol Airport in a few years’ time” – Natasha, aged 13

Students enjoyed visits to Rolls-Royce, the Jet Age Museum, City of Bristol Engineering College and Bristol Airport. Each company hosted the students and showcased the work that they do and discussed the range of career opportunities they offer. Rolls-Royce gave talks, tours and interactive activities – building an engine, learning about propulsion and virtual reality. Students experienced life in the workplace and met engineers and apprentices to discuss their roles. 

City of Bristol College and the Jet Age Museum provided a different environment, giving the opportunity to learn about STEM subjects and routes into a variety of careers. City of Bristol showed the students their Lear Jet and the landing gear demonstration proved very popular! A visit to the Jet Age from the Royal Air Force made students think about their personal qualities and if they match those you require to join the RAF. 

On the final day, the students went behind the scenes of Bristol Airport, meeting fire crew, police, handling agents and pilots. Here they learnt about the different roles at the airport and had exciting visits to Bristol & Wessex Flying School, including a flight simulator experience, and Centreline with corporate jets. 

Georgina Godfree, Programme Co-ordinator for fly2help, said “the two weeks have enhanced the students’ knowledge and understanding of careers within the industry. I think it’s important to introduce the workplace to the students and aviation is such an inspiring industry to be in. This group have had some really unique experiences and I hope it’s raised their aspirations for the future”. 

These 30 students will now spend the next 10 weeks visiting Airbus, Filton, before having a 15-minute trial flight lesson at Gloucestershire Airport in June. This lesson will put all their learning into practice before the students graduate from the programme in July.

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