RAF Roadshow

10 Nov 2017 - 12:00am
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The Royal Air Force Engagement team visited the college on Monday 30th October as part of their drive to encourage more young people to consider careers in the RAF and in particular to follow STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. All boys in Years 7, 8 &9 were able to take part in this special workshop that taught them about the science of flight and to think about the skills needed by the RAF.


“I really enjoyed having a go wearing the Virtual Reality Headset,” said Youcef pictured above. “It simulated a roller coaster over Dubai and was much more realistic that the VR I have tried before. It was a really good experience and got me thinking about how technology can be used to train pilots.”

Squadron leader Cyrus Pocha (Pictured with some of the Bevin pupils below) spoke about the varied careers and different entry points available to young people (both boys and girls) joining the RAF. He told the students that the RAF took apprentices on at the age of 16 after GCSEs or later and trained them and gave them amazing opportunities. With 39% of the RAF’s work force employed in engineering, the RAF is keen to recruit young people with STEM skills.



Rukhsana Sheikh, Principal of Ernest Bevin College, said, “We are really pleased to offer opportunities such as this RAF STEM Workshop to so many of our pupils and think it is really important to encourage them to look at career opportunities available from an early age. The College was awarded STEM Assured status in 2016 in recognition of our excellence in STEM subject areas and our commitment to forging ever stronger links with universities and employers such as the RAF.”

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