How does the aerospace industry anticipate and prepare for the challenges of the future? As well as working towards solutions to challenges like data handling and new ways to travel, it’s critical for the aerospace industry to consider education. The industry needs to attract talented individuals and ensure that the next generation of aeronautic and technical professionals get the skills they will need for future success.
What’s more, with an ever-increasing number of engineers, innovators and STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Maths) graduates required within this industry, it’s vital that tomorrow’s workforce represents the full spectrum of society, particularly in terms of gender, nationality and background.
Like Airbus, the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) are working towards the same objectives and these topics were discussed at the 2017 NGAP Summit, organised by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) in Montreal, Canada. At this event, Fly Your Ideas was introduced by UNESCO’s Engineering Programme Specialist and Fly Your Ideas 2017 Jury member, Rovani Sigamoney. The competition was presented as an example of how industry can engage with universities and students, and also provide a real-world opportunity for teams to gain practical experience and develop employability skills.
Explaining how the competition is a successful model for initiatives that encourage students to pursue STEM careers, she said, “When I talked about Fly Your Ideas with representatives from ICAO they thought it was an amazing competition; a perfect platform for industry and student collaboration, and very innovative and dynamic.”
The feedback on Fly Your Ideas from delegates at the summit was equally warm, according to Rovani, “Everyone was totally in awe – they love the initiative, the outreach to students, and of course the impressive quality of students’ ideas!”
Airbus launched Fly Your Ideas in 2008 with the aim of engaging with universities and students worldwide from all profiles and backgrounds. Since the launch, over 20,000 students have registered to take part from over 925 universities in over 100 countries across the globe.
Find out more about ICAO and NGAP here:
2017 NGAP Summit: https://www.icao.int/Meetings/NGAPGS-Montreal/Pages/default.aspx
2017 NGAP Summit Live Stream Sessions: http://www.unitingaviation.com/general-interest/live-stream-next-generation-aviation-professionals-ngap/