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With opportunities galore and its always innovative approach, British Airways is flying even higher for Work Experience Month 2018!

22nd. October 2018

Included in British Airways’ extremely ambitious Work Experience Month plans, which are themselves part of a comprehensive and highly energetic national, year-round strategy for Work-Based Learning, was a terrific Your Flying Future event last Wednesday in the Waterside Theatre at the company’s headquarters in Harmondsworth, near Heathrow. We had the pleasure of attending it.


During the evening, more than two hundred students were given inspiring insight into the world of a pilot, with a focused determination by BA to fire up the imagination of more young women to consider this amazing career. Not surprisingly, the event was fully booked in less than two days of being announced! BA’s aim is now to roll out these events throughout the year for its other departments, including engineering and business.


The atmosphere was terrific, and the event captured and maintained the interest of the students throughout by being really well structured, with excellent range and variety in the content and the activities. Those included great presentations by First Officers Rebecca Panther and Amie Kirkham, as well as by BA’s Director of Flight Operations, Allister Bridger, whose career story (with its ‘Top-Gun’ RAF aspects!) really captivated the crowd. These elements were interspersed with a very effective ice-breaker and an extremely challenging ‘Captain’s Dilemma’ recruitment exercise. It was certainly ‘Job well done!’ by Melissa Kose, BA’s Community Education Manager, and the large number of her colleagues who supported the event with such enthusiasm

The students tackle the ice-breaker,

guided by BA staff

The glamorous life of running an event!

Lucy Silvester and Belinda Barron help

Melissa Kose recycle the ice-breaker materials.

Engineering at its most entertaining!

The “Captain’s Dilemma” recruitment challenge certainly

got the students thinking.

Inspiration by Director of Flight Operations, Allister Bridger

Inspiration by First Officer, Amie Kirkham

Always innovating, and also to mark Work Experience Month 2018, BA launched its Teacher Take Off days earlier in October. This event gives teachers themselves the opportunity to have a 1-day Work Experience in one of BA’s many departments - to then share their experiences with their students. That first event indicated that this will be a hugely successful new initiative.


Meanwhile, it’s “business as usual” as BA prepares for its 2019 Work Experience placements; it’s currently conducting ‘phone interviews and, at the end of the month, will be undertaking face-to-face interviews for potential candidates. And week in, week out, employees from all different areas of the BA business go into schools to put on workshops, attend career fairs and deliver presentations with the aim of inspiring students with the wide range of careers the company has to offer, and the high-quality work placement opportunities it provides.

Students looking the part ... with real-life First Officers

And even a little time for the fabulous simulator!

Enhancing all that, a very successful peer-to-peer programme sees BA’s Student Ambassadors going back to their own schools to deliver presentations about their work experience and its importance - and to inspire their classmates.


Never one to think small, BA is aiming to engage with at least 2,000 people in Work Experience Month alone! Congratulations from all at Fair Train and keep up the brilliant work.

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