Aim High

Aim High is an education programme that helps young people learn about the world of aviation and gain confidence and a belief in themselves.




We organise free to join scholarship weeks based at Gloucestershire, Oxford, Luton and Biggin Hill airports for groups of ten young people aged 14-18, each of whom will have won their place through an open application and interview process.  Here, they learn more about the breadth of career opportunities in the industry and what skills and attributes they would need to find a place and how their career might develop.

During an exciting week, scholars will visit many behind the scenes areas of the host airport, talking to people in Operations, Air Traffic Control, visiting hangars, any heritage collections and learning skills such as marshalling aircraft with bats and understanding weather reports given to pilots.  We visit aviation companies based at the airports and aviation training colleges to sit in on classes, taking part if appropriate. Typically, scholars will spend two days out visiting world-leading companies, such as Airbus, easyJet and Rolls-Royce, and military bases. They may get the chance to pilot a flight simulator or even take the controls of a light aircraft for a 15 minute flying lesson. The finale of the week is a presentation which is attended by their parents and teachers.

Aim High Class Febuary 2016

Aim High February 2016 at Gloucestershire Airport

Three girls and seven boys from eight different secondary schools in Gloucestershire spent an action packed week of inspiring talks, activities and experiences that demonstrated the various ways into an aviation career.

After a behind the scenes tour of the airport, they soaked up the atmosphere in a ‘live’ Control Tower, learning about the procedures Air Traffic Controllers go through and how to control the aircraft activity on the airfield. These same ATCs then directed the scholars on Friday, when they each had a flying lesson.

The team spent Wednesday at the Army Air Corps base at Middle Wallop, meeting pilots and ground crew, touring the airfield, hangars and sitting in aircraft. An unexpected bonus for each student was the experience of a flight in a Gazelle helicopter!  Thursday was spent at world leading engineering companies, Rolls-Royce and Airbus, where they learned about the evolution of jet engines and were taken around the jet engine maintenance sheds by engineers.  On Friday, museum volunteers gave them a private tour of the Jet Age Museum to learn about the history of flight, sitting a variety of aircraft cockpits to understand how each operated.