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Young high-flyers complete aviation course at Biggin Hill

PUBLISHED: 10:47 15 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:29 15 November 2016

Young scholars at Biggin Hill

Young scholars at Biggin Hill

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The scholarship sceme showcased career opportunities in aviation

Ten youngsters from Bromley and Biggin Hill have completed a week-long course that could be the launch-pad for careers in aviation.

The group, all aged between 15 and 18, took part in a scholarship scheme at Biggin Hill airport, which was set up with the help of former RAF engineer Glenn Stanley and Gloucestershire-based national charity fly2Help.

Participants visited Signature to witness VIP passenger services and the renowned helicopter operator Castle Air, as well as watching aircraft repair and maintenance under way at JETS.

They also visited specialist aircraft interiors company RAS Completions and the Heritage Hangar, where engineering and restoration work was in progress on famous WWII fighter aircraft.

At London City Airport, the youngsters were invited for a privileged look behind the scenes, before heading to the easyJet base at London Gatwick Airport.

At the end of the week, the scholars gave a presentation in front of parents and teachers describing the career opportunities they had witnessed.

Colin Hitchins, the airport’s community engagement manager, said: “In the short time since Bromley Council agreed the change to the airport’s operating hours, we have seen a marked increase in the number of job opportunities here.

“The Aim High scholars have now seen the huge diversity of career options that airport companies now offer.

“Our job is to continue to inspire future generations of youngsters towards the aerospace industry and we warmly acknowledge the leading role that the Aim High programme is taking in this process.”

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