As part of the Women in Aviation & Aerospace Charter’s Meet the Signatories series, members of the Charter explain why they joined the Charter, and what steps they have since taken to ensure the inclusion of women in the sectors.
Next in the series, we talk to Education and Employers:
Please name your organisation and explain what it does in the aviation or aerospace industry
Education and Employers are an independent UK-based charity. Their vision is to “provide children and young people with the inspiration, motivation, knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to help them achieve their potential”. Earlier this year, as part of the Reach for the Sky programme, Department for Transport partnered with Education and Employers to deliver a new ‘Inspiring Aviation’ campaign.
Why did you join the Women in Aviation & Aerospace Charter?
We are delighted to be signed up to the Charter as a supporting organisation. Through our Inspiring Aviation campaign, we aim to support the Charter in their ambitions and commitment to working together and building a more balanced and fair industry.
Our new ‘Inspiring Aviation’ campaign aims to recruit 1,000+ volunteers from the aviation and aerospace industries and connect these employees from the world of work with state-run primary, secondary schools and colleges. At the heart of the campaign are volunteers talking about their jobs, sharing their inspirational career journeys, sparking imaginations and enabling young people to interact with career role models within aviation. The campaign is open to anyone within the sector.
What steps are your organisation now taking to improve gender balance?
Education and Employers know that you ‘can’t be what you can’t see’ and research shows children as young as six years old have already started to form opinions about what they can – or can’t – be in the future. They are influenced by what they see around them and gender, ethnicity, and social background can play a big part in this. That’s why our Inspiring Aviation campaign is calling on a wide range of diverse inspirational volunteers from across aviation to demonstrate the breath of roles that exist. If you can give at least one hour of your time, then sign up as a volunteer and help inspire the next generation of future aviation leaders. You can read more about the programme on the campaign page. Sign up by clicking this aviation signup link.