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Students see Ideas take Flight at Educating Yorkshire’s Thornhill Academy

A select gifted group of 30 Year 9 students have recently taken part in an Airline Masterclass which is themed around the Airline and Aviation Industry. This fantastic initiative, created by Young Enterprise in partnership with Leeds Bradford International Airport and British Airways, aimed to develop our students’ key employability skills, including team-building and communication. The Airline Masterclass programme split the Year 9 group into teams, each challenged to develop their business skills by using a virtual multi-million pound budget to set up and run their own airline. The challenge allowed students to decide roles and responsibilities, select destinations, create a flight plan, develop the brand, put together a budget, sell their seats to travel agents and finally present their business plan to the panel of judges.

The day was led by Chloe Hannath from Young Enterprise, along with 8 volunteers from the airline industry who shared their knowledge with the participants. These included Aviation Lecturer, Clive Hudson, from University of Leeds as well as 3 of his students, Cameron Holgate, Andre Monseratte and Emily Cottrill – all of whom have their pilot licences. Leeds University Lecturer, Clive, commented: “It is a pleasure for us to be involved in the development of students in our community and we have been impressed by the calibre of talent taking part. They have shown great creativity and entrepreneurial skills. We look forward to inviting the winning team to the University to see our three state-of-the-art flight simulators in action.”

Andre Monseratte with studentsAviation group with staff and students