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Aviation Students Win British Airways Prize

Updated: 21/03/2017

Sheffield College aviation students have aimed high and won the chance to fly to London and present a business idea to British Airways managers.

Aviation Students Win British Airways Prize

Pictured: Sheffield College aviation students at British Airways with Alison Chapman, Aviation Lecturer.

The presentation that took place this term follows the College team winning a Young Enterprise Airline Masterclass last year, sponsored by Leeds Bradford Airport and British Airways.

Five aviation students travelled on a British Airways flight from Leeds Bradford Airport to Heathrow's Terminal 5. They visited British Airways’ headquarters and presented their winning Young Enterprise business idea to airline managers, gaining valuable experience and feedback.

The day also included a tour of Heathrow’s Terminal 5 and British Airway’s Heritage Centre as well as a careers presentation. For more information on our aviation and air cabin courses starting this September click here.

The College was one of nine schools and colleges across the Yorkshire and Humber region to take part in the Young Enterprise Regional Final Airline Masterclass last July. Sheffield College students won first prize for their business idea and presentation.

Alison Chapman, Aviation Lecturer, The Sheffield College, who travelled with the group, said: “I am immensely proud of our students and their professionalism. This was such a unique opportunity for the students ahead of their careers in aviation - thanks to British Airways, Young Enterprise and Leeds Bradford Airport for organising such an inspiring day.”

She added: “The heritage tour was fascinating and showcased the vintage uniform designs of British Airways throughout the years, the changes in aircraft technology and the formative years of the airline.”

Kayley Worsley, PR and Public Affairs Manager, Leeds Bradford Airport, said: “We’re so proud to be able to support Young Enterprise and jointly organise this fantastic day with British Airways as part of the Airline Masterclass prize, providing a brilliant opportunity for students in the region to showcase their business skills to a major airline."

She added: “The students are clearly very enthusiastic and we hope the prize helped to inspire their career choices further. We’d like to wish them all the very best in their future careers.”

Julia Fallowfield, Regional Manager, Young Enterprise, added: “This is a really exciting opportunity that offers young people the chance to develop their employability skills through an innovative programme and at the same time win some fantastic prizes provided by Leeds Bradford Airport and British Airways. I hope that as many secondary schools and colleges as possible in the Yorkshire and Humber region take up the challenge again this year.”

Simon Lea, British Airways’ Airport Manager at Leeds Bradford Airport, said: “British Airways is delighted to work in partnership with Leeds Bradford Airport to support the Young Enterprise initiative. These young people are a credit to their generation and it was a pleasure to welcome them to our Waterside headquarters and to hear their winning presentation.”