LONDON BIGGIN HILL AIRPORT LAUNCHES UNITE TO INSPIRE INITIATIVE

LONDON BIGGIN HILL AIRPORT LAUNCHES UNITE TO INSPIRE INITIATIVE

London Biggin Hill Airport is launching Unite to Inspire, a new initiative encouraging young people to study STEM subjects, preparing them to become the next generation of aviation professionals.

Unite to Inspire?brings together the airport?s thriving business community of?70 resident?aviation companies?to motivate students into pursuing STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), by demonstrating how this path can?lead?to stimulating jobs within aerospace.?Participating businesses?include?Bombardier, Textron Aviation, RAS?Completions?and helicopter?specialists?Castle Air.

The initiative is part of a wide-ranging drive by London Biggin Hill to motivate young people to pursue careers in?aviation. This includes a new on-site London Aerospace & Technology College, set to open in 2020, as well as?a number of?scholarship programmes at the airport.

Andy?Patsalides, marketing manager, London Biggin Hill Airport says: ?Aviation is undergoing a global workforce shortage, encompassing every part of the industry,?be it engineers, air traffic controllers or pilots.?Our?local community is an intrinsic part of ensuring?sustainable growth for the airport through this shortage.?Within the last 12 months, we?ve increased employment from 1,000 to 1,300 jobs, and we?re on a mission to train and inspire home-grown talent to become the next generation of aviation professionals.?

Hannah?Gray, newly appointed STEM ambassador,?will?head up?the?Unite to Inspire?initiative.?Patsalides?continues: ?As an active member of the community,?and a local councillor for the London Borough of Bromley,?Hannah is the ideal candidate?to lead?Unite to Inspire. During her time as deputy mayor, Hannah visited many of the schools we will be inviting to take part in?the programme, which will be indispensable to?its?success.?

Hannah?Gray, STEM ambassador, London Biggin Hill Airport says: ?It is vitally important we showcase the many career opportunities available at London Biggin Hill, as our young people begin to plan their futures. This is one of the most exciting projects I have been asked to?manage, and?I?look forward to introducing students to the varied career paths on offer at?one of?Europe?s fastest-growing business aviation airports.?

Hannah will be contacting STEM?representatives at local schools?over the coming months,?but if you would like to get in touch please email?stem@bigginhillairport.com.