Popular airline British Airways are opening up new opportunities for students. They will now be able to experience the airline’s first-class facilities and speak to colleagues direct at their engineering bases at Heathrow, Cardiff and Glasgow and at their Global Learning Academy training centre.
Students will also have the chance to meet with customer services staff, turn-around managers and baggage, loading and cargo specialists. British Airways workers will be sharing their stories and professional skills with students to give them a valuable insight into the industry.
The airline wishes to encourage the next generation of talent in operational and customer services areas in a bid to inspire the younger generation during their work experience month. The airline is offering a lot of apprenticeships and graduate schemes. BA also want to encourage more females to apply to pilot and engineering roles.
This is a fantastic opportunity for any young person with an interest in aviation and we’re extremely proud to be supporting the initiative. We strongly believe in inspiring future talent and we’re privileged to be able to share our decades of experience and modern facilities with students from across the UK. The travel industry has a huge amount to offer and we hope that this will be a first step in encouraging tomorrow’s leading aviation professionals, including flying crew, customer service colleagues and engineers.
Work experience programmes at reputable companies provide an excellent insight for students into the world of work. They are one of the closest ways for students to understand the importance of responsibilities and earning money.
One apprentice for British Airways, Max Rann, said: “The work experience programme was a fantastic opportunity to gain an insight on how a major airline maintains its aircraft fleet.
“The time I spent at British Airways was so inspiring that it led to me applying for the British Airways Engineering Apprentice programme.”
Perhaps this sets an example for other companies to provide this sort of opportunity for students all across the country.
“I’d absolutely recommend it to anyone who gets the chance,” said a pupil of the programme.