14th February 2019
Teenagers Aim High at Gloucestershire Airport
Gloucestershire Airport and aviation charity fly2help are teaming up to host 12 lucky students who have been selected for the aviation charity’s Aim High Scholarship programme.
The students will be given a full, behind-the-scenes insight into the airport – the busiest general aviation airport in the UK – combined with visits to other airport-based businesses such as RGV Aviation, HeliAir, Air Traffic Control training college Global ATS, new commercial pilot training academy Skyborne and culminating in a trial flight lesson with Aeros Flight Training.
The week will culminate in a trial flying lesson for each student. The Armed Forces Careers Office Gloucester outreach team will visit the students to talk about RAF career opportunities and further life skills, coaching, CV and interview workshops will also be held.
Fly2help, which is based at Staverton, have run 8 previous scholarship programmes at the Airport and former students have now gone on to train and work within the industry, including the Airport. The alumni now proudly boast fixed wing and helicopter pilots, apprentice engineers at Airbus, ATC trainees and only this week a previous student had his passing out parade at RAF Halton.
Airport managing director Mark Ryan said: “Gloucestershire Airport has chosen fly2help as our charity to support for several years now and we’re very proud to run these scholarships.
“Our business community encompasses every aspect of aviation from the earliest days of flight, on display at our Jet Age Museum, right up to the cutting edge of modern engineering and training, I’m sure they’ll have an enjoyable week.
“Aerospace is the largest industry sector in our region and is a key economic driver.
“It’s vital that we bring ‘new talent’ into the industry and we hope the week will inspire these youngsters in their career choices.
“We’re delighted that those who potentially go on to commercial flying careers will have their first minutes in their logbooks recorded at Gloucestershire Airport.”
Fly2help’s Kim Davenport, who runs the programme said: “I joined the fly2help team having spent over 30 years at Gloucestershire Airport in a variety of roles.
“With a national focus on STEM subjects growing, more and more students are looking towards aviation and aerospace for careers and this is a fantastic opportunity for them to see the wide range of roles available.”
Fly2help is keen to hear from any local businesses who might like to sponsor future Aim High programmes or individual students.