Launch event will invite 25,000 young people to introduce them to opportunities available in innovative and dynamic industry sector

Farnborough International Airshow has launched Farnborough Friday: a day developed to inspire and engage the industry’s future workforce.

On Friday 24 July, up to 25,000 people will be invited to the Airshow for a packed agenda of speakers and exciting activities which include a Rocketry Challenge. Farnborough Friday will introduce the next generation of leaders, innovators, and pioneers to employers, providing valuable insight into the wealth of career opportunities available within some of the world’s most dynamic industries.

Farnborough Friday opens the Airshow’s exhibition halls to more than 1,500 of the world’s leading aerospace companies, many of which will host STEM-related activities on their stand. Through these activities, those attending will gain a meaningful understanding of careers available across the aerospace industry; the skills required, and the value that studying STEM subjects delivers.

Specialist advice and seminars

There will be a full air display and a varied and comprehensive static display. A Careers Hub will enable students, graduates and young professionals to access one-on-one specialist advice, dedicated seminars and a live jobs board.

Gareth Rogers, Chief Executive of Farnborough International says: “Farnborough Friday promises to be landmark event serving two vital purposes: inspiring and engaging the next generation, and enabling industry to address major concerns about its future workforce.”

“The Farnborough International Airshow has always played an important role in encouraging future leaders, innovators and pioneers to commit to studying the STEM-related subjects essential for a career in aerospace.”

“July’s Airshow is one of the world’s biggest platforms for exhibiting leading-edge technology. Experts from around the world are here to do business and for the first time, we are inviting people to learn directly from them, and to see and touch innovation that is shaping our world.”

Lynda Mcvey, Director, Skills and Capability at Leonardo added: “The Aerospace and Defence sector offers some of the most exciting opportunities for anyone who is interested in how things work, to finding new solutions to challenges, and to shaping our future. Farnborough Friday will be a fantastic way to engage the next-generation of leaders in aerospace and aviation.”

Forum to excite, innovate and stimulate the interests of tomorrow’s workforce

“This is an encouraging forum by Farnborough International and ADS which will look to excite, innovate and stimulate the interests of tomorrow’s workforce. There are many challenges and opportunities presented by the digital revolution so there has never been more demand for people with engineering and technical skills, who are able to bring curiosity, creativity and passion to the workplace.”

“At Leonardo we are passionate about growing and expanding our talent’s skills from innovators exploring technologies for current and next-generation combat aircraft to helicopter engineers performing intricate procedures. If you are interested in creating the technology of tomorrow to address the big questions about our future, this is your time.”

Figures reported by Engineering & Technology (2019) indicate a STEM skills shortage with 186,000 skilled recruits are needed each year until 2024. Industry professionals representing all aspects of the workplace – from HR and marketing through to pilots and innovators – will provide a comprehensive picture of the opportunities that can lead to a rewarding and lucrative career.

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