Local students prepare for high flying careers

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Monday, April 14th, 2014
B/E Aerospace in Kilkeel, which manufactures a quarter of the world’s commercial airline seats, became a seat of learning recently as it hosted an ‘Inspire To Work Day’ designed to give A level students from across Northern Ireland a unique insight into the sector.

From St Paul’s, Bessbrook: teacher Donal Murray with A level students (from left) Ryan Clarke, Matthew Clarke and Callan Connolly.

Working in partnership with Business In The Community’s ‘Inspire To Aspire’ programme, the Kilkeel factory rolled out the red carpet for students and their teachers, creating a careers day which reflected the diverse skills and disciplines needed to create and engineer the company’s products, support customers around the world and manage a business which locally employs 830 people. Checking out the opportunities were students from St Paul’s High School in Bessbrook and Sacred Heart Grammar and Our Lady’s Grammar School in Newry who enjoyed a day-long programme planned and managed by student interns currently on one year placements with B/E Aerospace. There to add a touch of fun and energy to the day in his inimitably irreverent style was CoolFM presenter, Jonesboro man Connor Phillips who challenged the students to harness their STEM (Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering) skills by designing their own version of an airline seat … but one made entirely from old newspapers! Yvonne Mallon, HR Director at B/E Aerospace, was delighted at the response from students and teachers alike. She said, “The students were all up for some fun and embraced the opportunity created by our highly capable and energetic Interns to get out of the classroom for an informal and enjoyable foray into the world of work. “Teachers too made the most of the opportunity to find out about careers with B/E Aerospace and we hope that they will go back to their schools ready to strike an optimistic note about career paths for young people with an interest in STEM subjects. Yvonne added, “We are a constantly growing company with superb job openings at a wide range of levels. We’re eager to attract and, indeed, develop the young talent which we know exists across Northern Ireland and we’d like to think that some of the young people who visited the plant for our Inspire To Work Day may one day return as B/E Aerospace employees.”  
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