Minister Stephen Farry visited students attending the Bombardier Aerospace Belfast Met Summer School at the e3 Building yesterday.
Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry today visited a new innovative Aerospace Summer School at Belfast Metropolitan College’s (Belfast Met) E3 Campus.
The Summer School, developed by Belfast Met and Bombardier Aerospace and supported by the Department for Employment and Learning, gives young people aged between 16 and 24 years old, a behind the scenes glimpse into the aerospace industry, including the chance of a lifetime to learn first-hand from industry experts about aviation and the process of building a plane, from nose to tail. Thursday’s schedule focused on the importance of composite materials in the aircraft of the future and students saw the materials and machinery for processing high value components;
During the visit Minister Farry said: “It is encouraging to see so many young people giving up two weeks of their summer holidays to come to this Summer School to invest in their future career in our thriving aerospace sector.
“My Department is working closely with the aerospace industry through the Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Services Working Group, which I Chair, and we aim to support the industry by ensuring that it has appropriately skilled people to help it achieve its growth targets.
“To do this, we need to nurture the talent and enthusiasm of our young people and I am delighted that Belfast Met and Bombardier have collaborated to create this exciting opportunity for our young people and develop their interest in an industry which is a vital cog of our local economy.”
The Bombardier Summer School will see the students gain extensive experience normally only available to professionals within the aerospace industry and will culminate in an awards ceremony with the opportunity for the participants to ‘earn their wings’ at 20,000 feet in a Bombardier Q400 aircraft.
The Aerospace Summer School is running from 11-22 August.
The Minister is pictured with Belfast Met Staff and students on the Bombardier Summer School in front of the autoclave at e3.