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 Biggin Hill, Gloucestershire, Luton and Oxford 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 planes 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.