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Flight Crowd DfT CAA Reach for the Sky Challenge press release

Flight Crowd to deliver UK-wide experience  empowering young people to start their career in Future Flight as part of the DfT - CAA Reach for the Sky Challenge

London, United Kingdom, 1 February 2023

As the Future Flight industry rapidly matures with further research, partnerships, and flight demonstrations, it is imperative to prepare the workforce of tomorrow for the challenges and opportunities within the Air Mobility sector.

Today, Flight Crowd has been named as one of the recipients of the ‘Reach for the Sky Challenge’ Fund, organised by the Department for Transport (DfT) and UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The purpose of the Challenge is to improve inclusion, diversity, and career opportunities within Aviation and attract under-represented groups to careers in Aerospace. 

Flight Crowd has designed a ‘Propel into Future Flight’ national programme, set to empower young people aged 14-18 to pursue a career in Sustainable Aviation. The initiative will expose young people from across the UK to the Electric Flight industry, helping develop the future workforce through a range of interactive workshops and informative industry-led sessions. The programme will ensure participants develop multiple technical and interpersonal skills, preparing them to make a real difference in their Aviation careers.

‘Propel into Future Flight’ challenges individuals to design and present an electric aircraft solution, developing problem-solving, computer modelling and team-working skills. The programme will provide students with a broad range of interests and backgrounds, the opportunity to experience drone flying, participate in an ‘assessment centre’ style task on future air traffic management, tailor their CVs, and learn from leading Air Mobility experts. The boot camps will shine a light on the lesser-known Aviation career paths, whilst helping young people develop the critical skills and toolsets for their future. 

UK Transport Secretary, Mark Harper, said: “Innovation propels Aviation and for it to face up to tomorrow’s challenges it needs an open and diverse workforce that can bring fresh ideas and ways of working. Our Reach for the Sky Challenge Fund recipients will be key to that, inspiring the next generation into the sector and helping to build an Aviation workforce fit for the future.” 

Mariya Tarabanovska, Founder of Flight Crowd, said: "I am proud to be leading an organisation whose team is so passionate about making a real difference to young people's lives. Together, we will build on our previous successes, and deliver a programme that will see individuals across the UK gain valuable skills and explore career paths in Air Mobility. We look forward to working with the Department for Transport, the Civil Aviation Authority, and our educational and industry partners to deliver a series of 'Propel into Future Flight' boot camps in the coming months. There should be no boundaries to who can shape the future of Air Mobility. Equity and diversity are at the heart of what we do, and we are delighted to provide young bright talent with opportunities to launch their career in Future Flight."


About Flight Crowd:


Flight Crowd is a not-for-profit global community set to inform, engage and inspire the public on the Future of Flight. Through a variety of resources and initiatives, individuals can learn about and interact with the Future Flight ecosystems. By engaging with people from diverse backgrounds, abilities and education levels, Flight Crowd aims to empower communities and increase employability within the Future Flight sector. They facilitate growth for talent and originality, whilst promoting diversity, accessibility, and inclusivity.

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About Department for Transport:

The Department for Transport (DfT) works with agencies and partners to support the transport network that helps the UK’s businesses and gets people and goods travelling around the country. The DfT plan and invest in transport infrastructure to keep the UK on the move. The Department’s priorities include boosting economic growth and opportunity; building a One Nation Britain; improving journeys; safe, secure and sustainable transport.

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About UK Civil Aviation Authority:

As the UK's Aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) work to ensure that the Aviation industry meets the highest safety standards; consumers have a choice, value for money, are protected and treated fairly when they fly; the environmental impact of Aviation on local communities is effectively managed and CO2 emissions are reduced; the Aviation industry manages security risks effectively. The CAA wants to inspire young people to explore careers in STEM, Aviation, and Aerospace to support and encourage their future career choices.

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