St Paul’s Bessbrook pupils take seats for high flying careers

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Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
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Interns at B/E Aerospace in Kilkeel, where around a third of the world’s commercial aircraft seating is manufactured, have been giving pupils from St Paul’s High School in Bessbrook an unusual insight into the world of work.
St Paul’s College students Chloe Reel and Gavin Burns explore career options in the company of Inspire to Work host, Paolo Ross

St Paul’s students Chloe Reel and Gavin Burns explore career options in the company of Inspire to Work host, Paolo Ross

The A level students joined other sixth formers from across Northern Ireland for ‘Inspire To Work’, a day-long familiarisation programme targeting young people with an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects and a curiosity about high flying careers in aerospace. The Interns who are currently on Student or Graduate placements with the company, worked with Business in the Community’s ’Inspire to Aspire’ initiative to create a unique ‘show and tell’ careers experience, welcoming the sixth formers into the Kilkeel facility. More than eight hundred people work in the factory which is part of the global B/E Aerospace organisation and their roles reflect the diverse disciplines needed to create and engineer the company’s products for export around the world.
St Paul’s College 6th former Connor McKevitt and Paolo Ross check out the comfort of some of the high end aircraft seating at B/E Aerospace Kilkeel

St Paul’s 6th former Connor McKevitt and Paolo Ross check out the comfort of some of the high end aircraft seating

Cool FM’s Paolo Ross joined the informal factory tour before chairing a fast-paced ‘Question Time’ which put employees in the firing line for career questions from pupils and teachers. The visitors then faced a light-hearted design and build exercise, tasked with the challenge of creating their own aircraft seating for ‘Barbie’ and ‘Ken’, with prizes for the design which proved the most robust, attractive and lightweight. Keith Anderson, Business Unit Director, B/E Aerospace Kilkeel, was delighted to roll out the welcome mat for the visiting sixth formers. “Our ‘Inspire to Work’ programme has developed into a highly successful bi-annual event, providing some of Northern Ireland’s brightest sixth formers with an early insight into an industry in which they could one day build their careers,” he said. Keith added, “Our Interns are ideally placed to relate to our young visitors and it is a pleasure to see the shared enthusiasm for STEM in action in the workplace. I hope that the sixth formers from St Paul’s High School in Newry were inspired by what they saw – their curiosity and willingness to learn certainly inspired us!”

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