The Big Bang Fair 2015

The Royal Aeronautical Society’s Careers and Education team have returned after a very successful week at The Big Bang Fair 2015. Held at the NEC in Birmingham, The Big Bang is the largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people in the UK. The fair aims to show young people just how many exciting and rewarding opportunities are out there. Alongside the Schools Build-a-Plane Challenge team, our job was of course to showcase the vast array of opportunities available specifically in the aviation and aerospace sectors.

The Royal Aeronautical Society’s ‘Schools Build-a-Plane’ stand was run by a number of volunteers - both students and teachers - from Ernesford Grange Academy, all of which are currently in the process of building an aircraft as part of the Schools Build-a-Plane Challenge. 

Ernesford Grange Academy also brought along a flight-simulator giving many of the Big Bang’s visitors an opportunity to take to the skies and pilot a light aircraft. The queue of young people looking to make the most of this exciting opportunity never seemed to end! 

Over the four days that the fair took place, over 8000 paper planes of a variety of different designs were built and thoroughly ‘tested’ by visitors to our stand.    

As always, members of the Royal Aeronautical Society’s Careers and Education team were on hand to answer any queries related to careers in the aerospace and aviation industry. Our careers publication, Career Flightpath, proved to be very popular among many of our young visitors. 

National Career Guidance Shows 2015

At the same time, the Society’s Careers and Education team attended the final of three National Careers Guidance Shows held at locations across the UK – Leeds, London, and finally, Leicester. 

The National Career Guidance Shows are aimed at providing relevant and up-to-date information to professional career guidance advisers, careers educators, careers teachers, managers and practitioners working with young people, students, graduates and adults. 

It was fantastic to hear that so many individuals are expressing an interest in pursuing careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. The Careers and Education team thoroughly enjoyed sharing our knowledge and expertise to help ensure that our colleagues feel confident when advising those aspiring to pursue a career in these sectors. 

During the course of the three National Careers Guidance shows, the Careers and Education Team distributed a wealth of careers guidance information including copies of our magazine, Career Flightpath, and ‘Create; Initiate; Elevate; Operate; Maintain’ careers information leaflet.  

We hope that professional career guidance advisers, careers educators, careers teachers, managers and practitioners working with young people, students, graduates and adults will continue to make full use of our website www.careersinaerospace.com and the variety of free careers advice services offered by the Society’s Careers and Education team. 

Thomas Blowers
23 March 2015