STEM - Opportunities in aviation

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‘We want to inspire and engage with young people to explore careers in STEM, aviation and aerospace to support and encourage their future career choices. Aviation and aerospace needs to be ready for the future and we need different talent, ideas and values to make that happen. We need talented people like you. We are committed to supporting the ambitions and interests of everyone to create opportunities which are inclusive and engaging for all.’

Richard Moriarty, CEO, Civil Aviation Authority

What is STEM and why does it matter?

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is the umbrella term used to cover work promoting those subjects in education and to young people. Our work in the area is primarily about promoting the broad range of exciting jobs and careers that are available in aviation along with the skills and knowledge that someone looking to enter into the sector could require.

It has been recognised by the aviation community that there will be an anticipated shortage of skilled aviation professionals in the near future.

By promoting awareness of the aviation and aerospace sector, the variety of career pathways you can take and the subjects that help you get there we aim to inspire young aviators into this industry.

Engage and Inspire

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Age: 5-7

Encourage

Age: 7-11

Critical Age

Empower

Age: 11-14

Continuous Engagement

Equip

Age: 14-16

Employ

Age: 16+

What does STEM mean at the CAA?

The CAA wants to inspiring young people to explore careers in STEM, aviation and aerospace to support and encourage their future career choices. Aviation and Aerospace needs to be ready for the future and we need different talent, ideas and values to make that happen. We need talented young people like you.

Space

The CAA looks after everything to do with things that fly, like aeroplanes, drones, helicopters, hot air balloons and since July 2021 space rockets and satellites too!

We work to make sure that rocket launches from spaceports in the UK are safe for the public and that the satellites that are sent into space are used for their intended purpose.

We do this by issuing licences to companies that want to launch rockets, operate spaceports or satellites. Our team of engineers, regulatory and policy specialists carefully review all the licence applications from space companies and once we’re satisfied that they meet all the requirements will issue a licence. We also carry out regular checks on companies after they have received their licence to make sure they are doing everything needed to keep people safe.

Teacher Resources

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Key stage 1 (5-7 years)

Key stage 2 (7-11 years)

Key stage 3 (11-14 years)

eBook

Please download our ebooks to learn more about Spacecraft Engineers, Aviation Engineers and Drones from Jason and Michelle. Throughout these books are little interactive challenges and questions for you to explore.

Spacecraft Engineers

Created by the CAA for key stages 1-3

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Aviation and Engineers

Created by the CAA for key stages 1-3

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Drones

Created by the CAA for key stages 1-3

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CAA Stem Ambassadors

Amy Wood

Cyber Security Certification Specialist

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Ed Weston

Head of Environmental Research and Consultancy Department.

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Adelle Roberts

Performance Based Oversight Lead

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Emily Cottrill

Project Support Officer

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Richard Moriarty

Chief Executive

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Sir Stephen Hillier

Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority

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Joanna MacDonald

General Aviation Unit Airworthiness Surveyor

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Diane Patterson

Vetting Officer, Aviation Security

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Thomas Bristow

Cyber Security Certification Specialist

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Brenda Jefcoate

STEM & Aviation Skills Consultant

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Christopher Mason

Flight Standards Officer

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Vicki Johnson

Business Support Officer

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Vicky Saunders

IT Service Desk Team Leader

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Stuart Rankin

Radio Spectrum Engineer

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Sophie Jones

Head of Operations and Training International Group / CAA STEM Sponsor

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Nicola Keeble

International Programme Manager

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Maria Rueda

Managing Director CAA International

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Kirsten Riensema

Head of Strategic Relationships

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Emma McCreesh

Inspecting Officer in Airworthiness

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Dave Emsley

Technical Standards Surveyor

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Damian McConnochie

Airworthiness Surveyor

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Tejas

Design & Certification Specialist

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Ben Alcott

International Director

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Anna Vereker

Human Factors Programme Specialist

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Amy Breckell

Project Manager

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Adam Davis

Aviation Security Expert Advisor

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Sabrina Brookfield

Cyber Security Oversight Specialist

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Sharon Nicholson

Senior Ramp Safety Inspector

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Francesca Layton-Smith

Business Administrator

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Matt Taylor

Chief Information Officer

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Minecraft Games

We are excited to share these Minecraft based learning games from Enginuity. Minecraft is the world’s most played game. It is accessible, packed with educational features and provides endless opportunity for collaboration.

Playing Minecraft enhances creativity and develops problem-solving skills in a safe and secure environment.

Game & Lesson 1: Constructing an Aeroplane

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Game & Lesson 2: Coding the Flight Deck

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Game & Lesson 3: Making Sustainable Fuel

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Game & Lesson 4: Creating Future Aircraft

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Department for Transport Aviation Ambassadors

Mandy Hickson

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A YOUNGER YOU?

Aim high and believe in yourself. Be true to yourself, it’s ok to be a different!

Mandy Hickson

Katherine Moloney

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A YOUNGER YOU?

My advice would be to try everything! And take every opportunity you can with both hands, you don’t know where it might lead!

Katherine Moloney

Kanchana Gamage

WHO INSPIRED YOU THE MOST GROWING UP AND WHY?

My earliest inspiration was from my grandmother who was strong and supported my dreams of wanting to fly – she still continues to do so at the age of 101

Kanchana Gamage

Tetyana Shevchenko

WHO INSPIRED YOU THE MOST GROWING UP AND WHY?

My Dad who said you can do anything if you really want it

Tetyana Shevchenko

Suzanna Morgan

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR CURRENT JOB?

I’m an airline Captain which means I get to fly all around the world. I really enjoy travelling and experiencing different ways of life.

Suzanna Morgan

Travis Ludlow

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A YOUNGER YOU?

I would tell my younger self 3 things; Keep working hard, don’t let anyone put you down, and never ever give up on your dreams.

Travis Ludlow

Ivana Alvares-Marshall

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A YOUNGER YOU?

Be bold and go for it! Ignite the passion in you and you will achieve anything your heart desires!

Ivana Alvares-Marshall

Amy Whitewick

FAVOURITE SUBJECT AT SCHOOL:

My favourite subjects in school were Art, IT and Graphic Design – I have always struggled terribly with Maths and Science

Amy Whitewick

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