Placement provides industry insight for aspiring aerospace engineer
Wayne Grant, Head of Aerospace Engineering
As one of a select number of companies chosen for an industry placement within the UK Air League’s scholarship scheme, we’re providing Francis with an exciting and compelling programme of activities to provide him with invaluable insight and first hand industry experience.
The Air League is a highly respected and influential champion for aviation and aerospace and has made a significant contribution to the UK’s military, space and civil aviation capabilities for more than a century. Significantly, it is the UK’s largest provider of flying scholarships and bursaries and continues to be a focus for skills development and providing young people with the inspiration and opportunity to pursue careers within the industry. Acting as a host for an Air League industry placement fully complements our own proactive approach to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), as well as our Corporate Social Responsibilities as an industry leader in the aerospace sector.
Francis is visiting us just before he starts the third year of his degree course in Aerospace Engineering with Pilot Studies at the University of the West of England. He was selected for the Air League scholarship as a result of previous work experience in light aircraft maintenance and volunteer work as a STEM ambassador, as well as his career aspirations and deep interest in civil and military aviation engineering. He is also a keen gliding enthusiast.
Francis' placement will see him introduced to specialist teams right across the company with an inspiring programme including an introduction to aircraft servicing, design, modification, installation and airworthiness, engineering governance, aircraft test & evaluation, plus a day in the classroom at the Empire Test Pilots’ School and a flight in an ETPS Airbus H125. Francis will also gain insight into our Aerial Targets business from visits to Manorbier and Aberporth and will spend some time with members of our Air Research teams at Farnborough understanding current and future technologies.
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