Not many people can say they’ve had exclusive behind-the-scenes access at Bristol Airport, but that’s exactly what 30 pupils from Bristol Metropolitan Academy experienced. The pupils are taking part in the Airbus Foundation Flying Challenge and they visited the airport as part of their ‘Aim High’ week with fly2help. Whilst there, they learnt about being a pilot, embarked in a simulated flying lesson at Bristol and Wessex Flying Club and explored the corporate jets at Centreline.
Plus, their adventure did not stop there. They also learned about propulsion on a visit to the aero-engine assembly lines at Rolls-Royce, found out what’s in store for an aerospace apprentice at the City of Bristol College and met the RAF at the Jet Age Museum.
“I love airplanes. I think they are beautiful and amazing machines. I could just sit in the airport all day, every day and watch them take off and land without getting bored,” said one pupil. “I would love to work around them every day.”
The week forms the next stage of the Airbus Foundation Flying Challenge which aims to inspire young people to develop confidence, self-esteem and a belief in themselves that will motivate them to continue with, and succeed in their education. The Flying Challenge takes 30 young people on a yearlong mini-apprenticeship linked to flight. By the time they graduate from the programme, participants will have undertaken a wide range of specialist experiences, worked with committed employee mentors, completed a skills portfolio and worked towards a nationally recognised qualification. They will also receive a flying lesson and gain accredited Industrial Cadets gold award.
Phillipa Evans, Design and Technology Teacher at Bristol Metropolitan Academy, said, “The pupils had a brilliant week with amazing learning experiences throughout. Again, I would to thank Airbus for giving our pupils a once in a lifetime incredible opportunity that I feel sure will stay with them for a long time to come.”
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