Thirty-five thousand students from 300 UK schools tuned into Gatwick Airport’s ‘Aviation Live’, a real-time broadcast designed to inspire young people to consider a career in aviation.
Children from as far away as Scotland and Cornwall tuned into the broadcast from Oakwood School, Horley, and put questions to airport staff in a ‘Top Gear style’ studio format.
The event was timed to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week and questions were put to easyJet’s first apprentice cabin crew member and a Border Force employee who had completed an apprenticeship.
The live broadcast also included two Gatwick engineering apprentices, who told the 35,000 viewers what had inspired them to become apprentices at the airport.
The Aviation Live event is part of Gatwick’s Education Employment and Skills program, which includes other Learn Live broadcasts and airport roadshows designed to encourage local children to take science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects by demonstrating their relevance to a wide range of careers at the airport.