AN INSPIRATIONAL LIFT
Perhaps the most enduring achievement of the Air League has been the foundation of the Air Cadet Corps back in 1938 – now known as the RAF Air Cadets – which recently celebrated their 75th Anniversary.
The Aviation and Aerospace industries offer exciting, challenging and rewarding career opportunities for young people and there are a variety of roots into the industry regardless of an individual’s social or economic background. The Air League can help careers take off through its outreach programmes, which provide career advice and practical experiences such as scholarships, bursaries and educational support in schools and universities. The organisation has throughout its 110 year history been contributing to the health of the Aviation and Aerospace industries and the economic success of the UK, through its inspiring programmes.
The key mechanism through which the Air League supports the devotement of the talent pipeline within aviation and aerospace is through the 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 and aerospace industries.
A standard flying scholarship (glider/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 100 awards annually, including some 36 flying scholarships. These include The Prince Philip Flying Scholarship, and various sponsored bursaries and scholarships. We also offer engineering and space scholarships and are extending our programme with a number of new partner companies and universities.
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 communities. The programme covers flying training and gliding scholarships. Over the past decade more than £2 million of scholarships for young, as well as, the disabled and veterans has been delivered.
Each year several hundred potential scholarship and bursary candidates have the opportunity to benefit from our ‘Taster Days,’ which provide an introduction to flying and assess pilot aptitude. This is a mix of safety, airmanship, principles of flight and handling instruction as well as a flight.
Aviation is an inspiring industry which has brought the world closer together and it evokes pioneering spirit and adventure. The Air League believes that the experiences it provides genuinely transform lives and the organisation is always looking for ways to extend its outreach into new communities. In May 2019 it launched the Soaring to Success programme which involved young people from 9 schools in Barnsley take part in a series of workshops and presentations. A number of these young people who attended the workshops have gone on to gain their first experience of flight at local gliding clubsin Yorkshire