Children become pilots for a day
May 22, 2012 - Students from the UK’s Prince’s Trust xl Clubs, a project supported by Boeing, visited the company’s London Gatwick training campus for a ride that could lead to a career in aerospace
The Boeing Flight Services Campus at Gatwick, London, welcomed a visit from 10 students from Park Campus (West Norwood) and Limes College (Sutton), two xl Clubs in South and East London to experience the magic of being a pilot for a day.
The xl Clubs program, supported by Boeing, aims to re-engage 13-19 year olds who are underachieving educationally and enable them to move into further education, training or employment. Sir Roger Bone, President of Boeing United Kingdom, said: “We are very pleased to be able to offer such a unique experience to these students and we hope this will boost their confidence, increase their interest in scientific studies and maybe inspire them to one day to pursue a career in aerospace.” During the visit, the children also participated in a workshop aimed at connecting them to the world of aerospace through social media.
“Being able to tell young people about the aviation training business and aerospace is great fun but visits such as this also let us share with them the need for new personnel in aviation,” said Angela Golder, campus manager for Boeing Flight Services. Creating a viable pipeline of competent personnel is at the heart of Boeing Flight Services’ strategy. “Airplanes coming out of our factories over the next twenty years need pilots to fly them and mechanics to maintain them. I hope we motivated some youngsters today to explore these excellent, exciting job opportunities,” Golder added.
“Being in the simulator was an experience that I’ll never forget” said Ellie Roberts, a student from Limes College. “It must be so much fun to do this as a job, every day. Do you know how could I become a pilot?”
Prince’s Trust xl Clubs have been running since 1998 and there are currently over 900 clubs supporting more than 10,000 young people across the UK. Guided by an Adviser, young people are encouraged to work together as a small group to achieve goals relating to their education, training and future lives. Through practical and fun activities, The Prince’s Trust xl Clubs provide young people with the space and attention they need to learn skills and confidence as well as to form a sense of ownership over their work and own development.
In addition to The Prince’s Trust, Boeing UK proudly supports education and environment projects such as The Schools Build a Plane Challenge in partnership with The Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), The National Memorial Arboretum and The Earth Restoration Service. Boeing UK organise events throughout the year to integrate all these activities. This ensures that the individuals from very diverse paths of life who are involved meet and share their experiences, maximising the effect of each individual project.