In September 2019 the AA810 Project, designed and led by co-Directors Tony Hoskins and Dr Michael Smith FRAeS, the latter an Old Colfeian, will launch our greatly anticipated Aviation Careers Program (ACP) for young people aged 14 to 18. With the global aerospace industry in constant expansion, the opportunities for young people to join an industry at the leading edge of technical development are considerable.
The AA810 Project is delighted to announce that it has created a working group with Colfe’s School in London, who will be our founding educational partner for our ACP, and who will provide and advise the educational content and paths to link school leavers across the UK with the needs of industry. For 350 years Colfe’s has been educating children to meet the changing needs of the world and we are excited to draw upon their extensive experience in this field to jointly create effective and efficient communication material for the opportunities available.
Speaking of the partnership, Major Russell Joyce, Colfe’s Combined Cadet Force Contingent Commander said
"We are delighted to be involved with the Spitfire AA810 Aviation Careers Programme. Colfe’s has a long history of former pupils pursuing military service careers and boasts a strong pedigree in engineering and aviation industry placements too. The project is a natural fit at Colfe’s - our CCF has an RAF section and an Army section - badged Army Air Corps - so this project will be of interest to both ‘blue and green’ cadets. Within school, our award winning Formula-E race car engineers will be pleased to learn more about the fantastic career opportunities available in the aviation and aerospace industries in the coming years and will appreciate the chance to be involved in such a unique, high profile project from the outset.”
The ACP will work with young people across the UK to guide and assist them with up to date career information, industry contacts, presentations and introductory visits to help them into careers within the Aviation and Aerospace industries. Together with our engineering workshops, which will be announced later this year, the ACP will stand as a true living memorial to the young men of the PRU by offering opportunities sacrificed by a previous generation, to the next.”