Women continue to be under-represented in the aviation and aerospace industry in the UK. How this may be addressed was a focus of the recent RAeS annual Women in Aviation and Aerospace Committee (WAAC) conference, where the official launch of the WAAC’s new mentoring scheme took place. The scheme is the first of its kind in the industry and aims to improve the recruitment and retention of women in the aerospace sector by meeting the needs of female professionals. 

The mentoring scheme is built upon four key objectives: 

•  To create an integrated sector based approach to the issue of the recruitment, retention, development and progression of women in aviation and aerospace. 
•  Design, build and review a mentoring scheme, specifically based upon the identified needs of female professionals (through a survey and face-to-face interviews with female professionals in the industry) and ‘best practice’.
•  Design and deliver a training scheme for potential mentors and mentees and build mentoring into yearly performance reviews for mentors and mentees.
•  Sustain the mentoring scheme through the partnership built up through the knowledge exchange programme.

Find out more about the mentoring scheme here.

Online survey - Get Involved!

All female members and supporters of the Royal Aeronautical Society are invited to take part in an online survey being conducted by the University of the West of England (UWE), which will inform the development of this mentoring scheme. Your help will enable us to gauge a clearer idea of the level of interest in an industry-wide scheme and understand what you would look for in such a scheme.

The survey begins with a clear explanation of the study and what will happen to the data once this has been completed. The survey is completely anonymous meaning that neither you nor your organisation will be identified. It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and we would like a response no later than 9th January. Once you submit the survey it will be returned direct to the team at UWE.

Click here to fill in the survey now.

If you have any questions relating to the survey or would like to get involved in the mentoring scheme please click here to find out more.


Conference and Event Department
16 December 2014