New funding to develop skills and careers to support the future of the aviation industry
Government launches new fund paid for by the taxpayers to catapult young people into a career in aviation, helping ensure it has the workers it needs to meet demand
Investment in resources and skills to support disabled fliers also announced
New Generation Aviation campaign to be officially launched later this year to encourage people to consider careers in aviation
The government is investing £1.5 million of taxpayers' money to support recruitment into the aviation industry, helping ensure it has the workers it needs to meet the unprecedented demand for travel after the pandemic.
To propel young people into aviation, the government has today (22 July 2022) confirmed taxpayers will provide £700,000 for a Reach for the Sky Challenge Fund, which will fund outreach programmes and events to educate young people from all backgrounds on the opportunities on offer in aviation.
The scheme will support Generation Aviation – a new campaign that will see government working with industry to increase the number of people applying for jobs in the sector. The campaign is one of the key elements of the government’s 22-point plan to help the industry tackle the disruption it’s currently experiencing as a result of demand outstripping staffing capacity.
The government previously called on the industry to do everything within its power to ensure there is no repeat of the problems experienced at Easter and half term, and the 22-point plan sets out all of the measures the government is taking to support the aviation industry, including:
to help recruit and train staff
ensure the delivery of a realistic summer schedule
support passengers when delays and cancellations are unavoidable
Aviation Minister, Robert Courts, said:
We’re all aware of the difficulties being experienced in the aviation industry at the moment. While measures such as our airport slots amnesty are having an immediate, positive impact, it’s absolutely vital that we also focus on making the industry more sustainable in the longer term.
A resilient workforce is at the heart of that and is a core part of our 22-point plan to help the sector minimise disruption this summer. That’s why we’re funding great initiatives to encourage people into the sector – and to ensure that prosperous careers are accessible to all, regardless of their background or walk of life.
To help ensure the industry is as accessible as possible, the government is also providing over £200,000 of taxpayer funding for the Virtual Aerobility programme. The programme aims to make aviation more accessible for disabled people.
It provides tools to educate, support and inspire and will provide virtual, at-home flight simulators to enable disabled fliers to practice pilot skills at home.
The Department for Transport will also be working with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to deliver the Inspiring Aviation Awards, recognising inspiring and excellent achievements in the aviation sector. The awards will raise awareness of aviation careers, particularly amongst young people, women and diverse groups – and will aim to inspire the next generation.
The government has also put over £600,000 of taxpayers' money behind the relaunch of the Aviation Skills Recruitment Platform (ASRP), which is a free recruitment platform solely focused on jobs and opportunities in aviation. The government will continue its taxpayer-paid funding for the coming year (2022 to 2023) to ensure that jobs and training opportunities are available as the sector continues to recover.