Farnborough Friday: new programme will help bridge skills gap

Farnborough Friday: new programme will help bridge skills gap

Submissions for FINN Sessions are now open, with new educational programme, Farnborough Fridays, set to spark the imagination of school leavers and new entrants to the sector

Farnborough Friday: new programme will help bridge skills gap

Speaker submissions for FINN Sessions and Farnborough International Airshow 2020’s new Farnborough Friday programme now open.

Applications for Farnborough International Airshow’s FINN Sessions education programme are now open, with a second platform – Farnborough Friday - unveiled for the 2020 show. The call for papers can be accessed here. 

The inaugural FINN Sessions took place at FIA2018 and included a range of thought-provoking keynotes, panel discussions and presentations designed to challenge perceptions and spark ideas for the future. Over five trade days, two dedicated on-floor theatres hosted 44 Sessions, 67 speakers and more than 2,030 audience members. Topics covered in 2018 included: Aerospace 4.0, Brexit and regulation, cyber security, engines and the future of engineering, space and supersonic air travel.

Farnborough Friday: engaging school leavers and apprentices

For 2020, FIA is creating a brand new platform that offers companies access to an inspired and engaged audience who are, or will soon, be in a position to fill skills gaps within the industry. As part of the regular Friday trade day programme, Farnborough Friday will provide an opportunity to reach out and engage with the upcoming talent pool which includes STEM-focused school and college leavers, university students and graduates, skilled workers exploring new avenues, industry apprentices and entry-level professionals in aerospace and defence.

Farnborough Friday will blend keynotes, panel discussions and topical presentations aimed at inspiring the next generation.

FINN Sessions will be looking for content and speakers for topics including advances in air travel including urban air, Big data/Big Brother and supersonic air travel.

Sessions on Farnborough Friday include: STEM ambassadors, diversity in the workplace and your career path to aerospace.

The closing date for submissions is January 6, 2020.

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