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Bristol Met students join Airbus mentoring programme

Airbus Foundation Launches the First Flying Challenge in the UK with 30 Bristol academy students

Posted by Stephanie Broad | September 25, 2016 | Technology

At the launch of the UK’s first Flying Challenge programme, 30 young people from Bristol Metropolitan Academy in Fishponds met Olympian Kriss Akabusi and French Astronaut Claudie Haigneré. The programme sees the 13 and 14 year-old students embark on a unique and potentially life-changing opportunity to work with Airbus employees. During the year-long programme they will learn about flight, careers in aviation, develop new skills, and gain practical experience. 

The Flying Challenge programme, which is the Airbus Foundation’s largest youth mentoring programme, will include 20 weekly sessions at Airbus where they will get “behind the scenes” access to aviation design and test experts and facilities on the Filton site.
They will also visit other aviation organisations in the Bristol area including Rolls Royce and Bristol airport and have a flying lesson. By the time they graduate from the Flying Challenge, participants will have undertaken a wide range of aerospace experiences, worked with committed employee mentors, completed a skills portfolio and worked towards a nationally recognised qualification.

This Airbus Foundation programme is being supported by two local charities ABLAZE, who aim to raise young people's aspiration, attainment and skill levels, and fly2help, who use the power of flight to help people change their lives. 

Trevor Higgs, UK Head of Engineering at Airbus, said: “This cohort of students will be the UK’s first to embark on the journey. We at Airbus in Filton are proud to be a part of these students’ lives, and look forward to seeing their talents develop over the coming ye

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