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Flybe joins high profile education partners to host key Future Engineers’ event in Exeter


25 JUNE 2015

Flybe and the University of Exeter have been the centre of attention this week with 100 teens from 10 schools across the region taking part in this year’s aviation-themed Future Engineers’ event when they became aeronautical engineers for the day.


Now in its sixth year, Future Engineers highlights the engineering careers in aviation open to young people and was the original brainchild of Stephen Payne, QM2 and the Carnival Corporation architect. It is designed to give students from Year 10 (aged 15 years) the opportunity to get up-close to aircraft and their various components and, by inspiring them with hands-on practical learning experiences, encourage them to consider a career in this sector.

Jointly organised by Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, the University of Exeter, Exeter College, the Royal Navy and the Fleet Air Arm Museum, students were split into two groups, dividing their day between Flybe's Training Academy at Exeter International Airport, and the University of Exeter Streatham campus.   

The visit to Flybe’s state-of-the-art training facilities and engineering hangar allowed students to meet personally engineers at work, view the airline’s Apprentice Workshops and enjoy displays by the Fleet Air Arm and Royal Navy. During their session at Flybe, students also competed against each other by making models of aircraft and certain key components from both paper and wood. The robustness of their designs was then tested, the most successful one winning the coveted Future Engineers Trophy.

Students visiting the University of Exeter learned more about aeronautical science and the relevant engineering studies available to them should they consider pursuing a career in this sector.  They also took part in a number of activities in the engineering laboratories that highlighted the principles of aerodynamics, beam building, wind tunnels and aircraft control as well as viewing aerofoil design through the University’s 3D visualisation suite.

Lee McConnellogue, Director of Flybe Aviation Services, said: “We are delighted to once again jointly host this important event for students who might be considering an engineering career in aviation. The demand for aviation professionals will soon exceed supply due to factors such as natural attrition that includes retirement, competition with other industry sectors for skilled employees, and the lack of training capacity both nationally and globally. Another key factor is that current learning methodologies are not responsive enough to evolving learning styles. Together with the University of Exeter and Exeter College we are continually striving to find new ways of inspiring and educating young people.

“It’s of the utmost importance that we attract and train young engineers into the profession and at Flybe we are committed to supporting them in achieving their ambitions.”

Dr Karl Devincenzi, Outreach Manager at the University of Exeter, commented: “I am delighted to be welcoming 100 students from schools across the South West on to our campus for Future Engineers. The event, in collaboration with our partners at Flybe, provides a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate how choosing to study for an engineering qualification can lead to a very exciting future in a wide range of different industries. I hope that those attending are both informed and inspired by the event and continue their interests in this field.”

Exeter College Aerospace Training Manager, Graham Noon, adds: “There is a lack of engineers at the moment and we really need to make people aware of what’s out there and the many opportunities that come with a degree or qualification in engineering. Future Engineers’ aim is to inspire young people and encourage them to view engineering as an attractive career option, particularly within the aviation sector. We hope the day inspired their imagination and their future studies.

“Engineering has, and always will, play an important role in shaping the local and global economy and the College recognises the challenges to educate more students in this key subject area. We provide students with a foundation degree in Aerospace Engineering and students finish with a BTEC level 3 in Engineering and the academic modules needed to obtain an EASA B1.1 License in Aircraft Maintenance that includes completing their first six months of practical experience with Flybe. This means that potentially they only require another 18 months of practical training before they can apply for a B1.1 licence and become fully fledged aerospace engineers.”


For further press information, or to arrange an interview, please contact the Flybe press office:  
Flybe Press Office T: 0845 675 0681 E:[email protected]
University of Exeter T: 01392 722307 E:[email protected]
Exeter College T: 01392 400585 E:[email protected]


The schools and colleges attending Future Engineers 2015 were as follows:

  • Teignmouth Community School
  • Westlands School
  • Clyst Vale Community College
  • Honiton Community College
  • Coombe Dean School
  • St Peters C of E Aided School
  • Dawlish Community College
  • Newquay Tretherras
  • St James School