Aerobility was invited to attend a UK Youth in Aviation reception at the House of Lords to highlight the role that charitable aviation organisations are playing in nurturing tomorrow’s talent.
Gail Barkes Aerobility service development and volunteer coordinator attended along with volunteers Nicola Saunders, Andrea Lowndes and Stephen Pearson.
The reception was hosted by the RT Hon Baroness Sue Garden of Frognal in association with the Air League of which she is a member of the council, she spoke of how important the work of all the organisations and charities are in promoting aviation as a career path for young people and encouraging and inspiring those that enter the variety of professions from being a pilot or engineering and development, also to the charities and organisations that are championing accessibility to experience aviation for those with disability or life limiting conditions.
This was followed by short presentations from young people that had benefited from the support of the following organisations:
The Air League
Youth in Aviation
Aviation Skills Partnership
Royal Air force Air Cadets
Royal Air Force museum
They all spoke of how they have been inspired by different sectors of aviation and were passionate and eloquent in their delivery of their own individual experiences.
The closing speech was given by Matt Hancock Minister of State for Digital and Culture who again emphasised the role that digital development plays in aviation, especially when you look at the huge advances in technology , and how inspiring young people to take up careers in aviation is vital to our country’s prosperity and standing in the global economy.