Last Updated: Friday, December 21, 2018

Students Aim for the Sky

North Lindsey College launches a brand new aviation programme as part of the Engineering Technology Students’ programme.

Funded as part of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), this exciting new project will last for two weeks per cohort until June 2019 and see 208 students from the College and our local secondary schools access to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. 

All the sessions will take place at Trent Valley Gliding Club Ltd based at Kirton in Lindsey in North Lincolnshire with each student being able to benefit from pilot tutoring over three free glider flights.  Students will have a full twelve hours of experience both practical and theoretical over a two-week period. Encouraging students to access these types of opportunity opens their eyes to potential new careers and gives them a useful insight into the aviation industry, as gliding provides excellent ground work for many careers not just aviation or aerospace.

Chairman of the Trent Valley Gliding Club, Geoffrey Davey said: “The purpose of the ‘Aim for the Sky’ project from our perspective is the interaction with the community which is beneficial not only to the club, but also to the young people. Having colleges and schools come through the club also means we are putting something back into the community, and enabling young people to have an introduction into aviation in general and gliding in particular.”
The Humberside region contains many employers that use safety critical skills and analysis in their everyday operations. This course primarily allows students to have the experience of working in and understanding the aviation industry, but also the skills and the ability to follow engineering procedures in a safety critical environment.

This programme will help raise aspirations and experience aviation from the perspective of pilot, ground crew, technicians and operations whilst realising the potential of individuals to succeed in an industry discounted by many as impossible.
Pete Stratten (Chief Executive Officer for the British Gliding Association) said: "Gliding is an accessible sport for all and projects like these are a great way of inspiring young people through aviation experiences.

 "Gliding provides opportunities for developing technical skills but also team working, communication and leadership, with many young people involved in the sport going on to a career in flying, engineering or other professional role within aviation and aerospace."
Gliding Instructor Richard Malam from Trent Valley Gliding Club spoke of the new programme and his enthusiasm for the partnership and said, “We love teaching gliding skills to young people. Taking them up on their first flights in a glider and sharing their excitement at the views from up there makes it all worthwhile for us.”

Level 3 Electrical Engineering student, Ben Rozewicz said: “It’s really cool, this experience is not something that happens a lot and it’s different. I feel a bit nervous but I’m in safe hands.”