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The Aero Portal

Aviation, Education, Resources and Opportunities

Welcome to the Air League’s Aviation Education, Resources and Opportunities (AERO) Portal where we will be sharing online learning materials and other helpful and fun resources with you. New content will launch weekly covering a multitude of topics such as skills development, employability and inspirational talks from Leaders, Pioneers and Professionals from our industries.

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

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We’ve teamed with several of our industry partners and supports to put together a collection of small and easily digestible videos and activities to help you develop your skills:

Virtual Academy

We’ve teamed with British Airways and put together a collection of small and easily digestible videos and activities to help you develop your skills.

Visit the Inspire Academy website to find out more.

 

British Airways has also compiled a learning portal called Speedbird Z. It contains resources to help you get started on your career journey into aviation and beyond.

The resources are free – all you need to do is sign up here.

Project Management Training

Since 1920, Marshall of Cambridge have invested in apprenticeships for people from around the UK. To help Marshall celebrate it’s centennary as an apprenticeship provider, the Air League is holding a Leaders, Pioneers and Professionals Q&A with it’s Group Chief Engineer of the Marshall Aerospace and Defence group, Mark Johnston. Mark began his career as an apprentice and will be joining us for a Q&A on the 23rd of June 2020 on Facebook Live. We will be discussing apprenticeships and other career opportunities and also the latest developments in Aerospace and Defence with him. To read the full post, click here. The Marshall Centre is also offering free Project Management training through their website and are keen to share this with Air League members and supporters. Project Management skills are useful at any age and across a variety of different settings. They provide a structured framework to which to work to – you can save a lot of time and effort by implementing these basics in any line of work or education. Best Practice in project management isn’t just for project managers, it helps everyone be more effecient. This course specifically focuses on planning, stakeholder management, schedule management and risk management principles and is a great starting point for anyone wishing to gain further skills or a refresher.

Visit the Principles of Project Management Course.

 

EMPLOYABILITY

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We’ve teamed with several of our employment focused partners to put together a collection of small and easily digestible videos and activities to help give you the advantage when it comes to aviation and aerospace careers:

Pilot Recruitment and Development

Less aircraft are flying over the skies of the UK currently, which means that as a result, many job losses could occur especially effecting pilots and other operational members of staff. There are several things you can do to maintain and enhance your CV, and skill set. Find out Jet Pathway’s perspective on what you can do now.

Tackling Airline Pilot Recruitment During the Coronavirus Crisis.

 

Free Membership

The Flight Pad simulator facility is located at the University of West London (UWL) and provides affordable simulator experiences both for UWL students but also members of the public. These experiences are delivered by a cohort of professional pilots from the commercial world who want to share their experience and knowledge with future pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. Due the current disruption and the facility being shut, the Flight Pad team have been busy working on offering advice and guidance through free online resources aimed at both aspiring as well as professional pilots. The content ranges from employability skills and flying training advice to skills and competency development and technical case studies.

 

To sign up to the newsletters and content brought to you by the Flight Pad team, visit here.

 

Getting Ready for Work

As part of our Soaring to Success Initiative, we delivered the following presentation to 550 Year 9 students in Barnsley. The presentation centres around what you can do to get ready for the world of work and the importance of interpersonal skills alongside academic achievements.

 

View the presentation here.

 

LEADERS, PIONEERS & PROFESSIONALS

We’ve created a unique webinar series that gives our members and supporters insight and access to inspirational leaders, pioneers & professionals from all corners of aviation, aerospace and defence.

The live Q & A sessions allow our members and supporters to discuss career pathways, innovation and relevant topics directly with our guests. We usually welcome and allow aspiring members to join our guests live with our host.

Click here to view the entire series

 

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Exploring Aviation and Aerospace

Boeing has produced a website called Boeing Future U which provides future focussed educational resources that explore different topics such as sustainability and space travel. There are virtual field trips for the younger students as well as other resources aimed at everyone. So if you want to find out more about Boeing’s work getting us to Space, Mars, infinity and beyond, the site is well worth a visit. Below is a video exploring Boeing’s Starliner programme.

Engineering Fairy Tales are reimagined popular fairy tales with an engineering twist, written by expert consultants at STEMFirst Ltd, to help young minds understand about the world of engineering and develop their teamwork and creative problem-solving skills.

In each story our fairy tale characters need help. They have a problem which can only be solved through engineering ingenuity, giving children the chance to use their imagination and creativity to save the day and be part of the story.

The stories are read by STEM Ambassadors from BAE Systems, the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force, and you can find them all here.

Here is one of the stories about Rapunzel. Make sure to visit the BAE Systems page to download the activity packs.

As well as the Engineering Fairy Tales, BAE Systems have a fantastic range of resources from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 3 as well as inspirational content for those thinking about a career within the engineering discipline.

To find out if engineering could be for you, why not take this quiz by Tomorrow’s Engineers?

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