AN INSPIRATIONAL LIFT
Perhaps the most lasting achievement of the Air League has been the foundation of the Air Cadet Corps back in 1938 – now known as the Air Cadets – which recently celebrated their 75th Anniversary.
Today we continue to inspire the young with career opportunities that derive from our industries. Aviation and Aerospace offer rich and bountiful channels for developing the skill sets of the young regardless of their social economic background. By helping this generation to get off the ground, through education, advice, and practical experience, we are helping to pave the way for a solid industry in future years to come.
Even in our earliest years, the Air League has recognised the inspiration and lift that aviation and aerospace can offer the whole community, particularly the young.
One of the key platforms we have for encouraging grass-root interest and developing a talent pipeline is through our scholarships programme. We are able to offer many young applicants between the ages of 14 and 25 the opportunity to train to fly, and also to access careers in the aviation, aerospace and security industries.
A standard flying scholarship (glider/balloon/helicopter/fixed wing) is intended to take the trainee to solo level, or to assist him or her in completing their basic training, which is a great personal achievement in itself. The Trust funds over 120 awards annually, including 36 flying scholarships. These include The Prince Philip Flying Scholarship, and various sponsored bursaries and scholarships. We also offer bursaries in engineering that support seven scholarships.
We work with people from disadvantaged areas across the UK to inspire and show young people what they are capable of. The Trust provides over 50 scholarships each year to the disabled, disabled veterans/serving personnel and inner city youth. The programme covers ballooning, flying training and gliding scholarships. Given the passion we have for aviation and aerospace, it is our hope that from these experiences we can pass this on to others.
Candidates have the opportunity to benefit from our ‘Taster Days,’ which aim to excite and stimulate through flying sessions and general aviation courses.
Reaching out to the community, providing broad access to flying opportunities and promoting careers in the aviation industry are key focuses of the Air League’s long-term role. In particular, we wish to offer experiences that genuinely transform lives for the better, and the Air League has expanded its scholarship programme to specifically help the disadvantaged and offer opportunities to all.