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Thousands of young people have already signed up to lift off with the UK Civil Aviation Authority and take part in a Virtual Work Experience Programme to learn more about careers in aviation and aerospace.

So far 1,070 students aged 15 to 18 have registered, with hundreds more being encouraged to apply.

The Civil Aviation Authority is teaming up once again with Springpod to showcase the career possibilities in the sector, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

Students will gain a deeper understanding of the work the UK Civil Aviation Authority does.

Last year, 2,397 students took part in the virtual work experience programme with 11,500 hours spent by students engaging with the programme.

On average 8.4 out of 10 students were likely to recommend it to someone, and 8.3 out of 10 students enjoying the programme.

The programme is open to 15 to 18 year olds and will run from 24 July to 4 August.

Students will interact with industry professionals hearing more about their roles in the industry. The programme will be highly engaging informative, fully inclusive and accessible.

Sophie Jones, Head of Organisational Capacity at the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said:

“Lift off – with the Civil Aviation Authority. Our programme with Springpod offers young people a unique insight into what a career in the aviation and aerospace sector entails.

“It is important to help young people get the skills they need to go onto pursue careers in STEM, and as the aviation and aerospace regulator we must play a vital role in encouraging young people to get involved in STEM.”

Sam Hyams, Chief Executive Officer at Springpod, said:

"Through our partnership with the UK Civil Aviation Authority, Springpod is excited to offer thousands of young people the opportunity to discover the world of aviation and aerospace this summer. 

“The virtual work experience programme will provide valuable insights into STEM careers and showcase the diverse possibilities within the industry.

“Together, we aim to inspire and empower the next generation of STEM talent."

Students can apply for the programme now here. Applications are open until 19 July.

Watch the Virtual Work Experience trailer here.

Notes to Editor

This year’s virtual work experience programme modules include:

  • Regulation
  • Aviation and Aerospace
  • General Aviation and the CAA
  • Commercial Aviation
  • Drones and Future technologies
  • Space
  • Inspiring Innovation
  • STEM Careers
  • Hearing first-hand about people’s careers at the Civil Aviation Authority