ZeroAvia Partners with Gloucestershire University Technical College to Encourage Next Generation of Aviation Engineers
By Sally Williams, Early Careers Manager at ZeroAvia
October 27, 2022
Having joined ZeroAvia a few months ago, I have had a superb time touring the country and meeting young people excited by the prospect of a career solving aviation’s climate impact. There is a real passion in young aspiring engineers to preserve the power of flight – the cultural exchange, shared understanding and economic benefits – without doing irreparable harm to our planet. It makes sense, one in three of these young people is likely to have a grandparent living abroad, but at the same time their generation will bear the brunt of worsening climate impacts.
It's important to us as a business also, however, that we are spreading the word not just at conferences across the country and the world, but also in our own backyard. That’s why we are delighted to be partnering with Berkeley Green University Technical College to help encourage the next generation of aspiring engineers, as well as build the skills locally we need for the future. We will be offering students at the school work-based projects, mentoring, work experience and apprenticeships at our lead R&D facility based at Cotswold Airport in Gloucestershire.
ZeroAvia is the leading developer of zero-emission, hydrogen-electric aviation. We have the opportunity to completely change the industry and usher in Our purpose runs deep. For us, solving aviation’s climate impact is a moral imperative to ensure the world continues to be connected through the power of flight without doing harm to our planet. Enabling people to visit and interact globally is vital to understanding different cultures, sharing ideas, enabling trade and experiencing the beauty of the very planet we are striving to nurture.
Berkeley Green UTC is focused heavily on employability, so it’s a validation that they see the green, high value jobs that innovating in aviation propulsion and hydrogen fuel can bring. The Government’s Hydrogen, Jet Zero and wider Net Zero Strategies and targets provide educators the surety that this is an industry and approach with strong prospects for apprentices and graduates.
We’re just one of a number of local employers that is able to tap into the talent studying at Berkeley Green, and the students have a plethora of options to engage in industry. But we have made an impression, thankfully. Jennifer Peirce, Assistant Headteacher at the school, recently commented: “We are delighted to be working with ZeroAvia and their contribution has already inspired many of our students. The concept of sustainable aviation aligns closely with the Eco-school agenda and is the future for the engineering and digital careers we are training students. We are looking forward to continuing and growing our partnership in the coming years.”
As we expand our training and apprenticeship schemes across our locations and scale the business, we look forward to offering young people from Cirencester to Seattle the opportunity to get their start in a career tackling one of the toughest challenges for the net zero transition.