Picture taken by Aditee Desurkar

 The Corporate Engagement Awards 2017 on Tuesday 20 June proved to be an amazing night for the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS) and Boeing and their work on the Schools Build-a-Plane Challenge (SBAP), winning Gold in both categories for which the SBAP programme was nominated: Best Educational Programme and Most Innovative Collaboration.

For Best Educational Programme, SBAP was described by the judges as “a truly high-impact partnership and programme which I can imagine would have had a profound effect on the participants.” In the Most Innovative Collaboration category the judges commented that it was “an amazingly ambitious idea brought to life and delivering tremendous benefits for both the students and the aviation industry broadly.”

 

Our build teachers Louise Tuttiet, Mary Parry-Sargent and Tim Baldwin. Picture taken by Aditee Desurkar

The SBAP Challenge has seen pupils aged 14-18 from across six secondary schools participate in the project to show that the aviation industry is open to everyone, as well as support the development of crucial soft skills that are in demand by employers such as teamwork, communication and resilience. At the ceremony, we were delighted to be joined by Louise Tuttiet and Tim Baldwin from The Bridge Learning Campus, Hartcliffe, and Mary Parry-Sargent the Lead Build Teacher from Ercall Wood Technology College. Other projects include Ernesford Grange Community Academy, whose aircraft recently completed its first public flight; Marling and Stroud Schools, Gloucestershire and Yateley School, Hampshire who completed their projects in 2015 and 2016 respectively, and North East Wolverhampton Academy who recently moved their aircraft to Halfpenny Green Airport for the final build stages.

This truly unique project to get students involved in STEM through hands-on experience has certainly shown what is possible through collaboration between not only the RAeS and Boeing but the many volunteers, teachers, RAeS and Boeing staff, and local aerospace community which have, over several years, come together to change young people’s lives. It just leaves us to say a heartfelt thank-you to those who have made this possible as this recognition is as much theirs as ours.

Our two awards trophies. Picture taken by Simon Whalley

 

Rupinder Pamme and Rosalind Azouzi
22nd June 2017