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Lift off - with the Civil Aviation Authority

Find out about careers in the aviation and aerospace industry with this virtual work experience programme.


Lift off - with the Civil Aviation Authority

Springpod have joined with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the UK’s aviation and aerospace regulator, to provide students aged 15 to 18 with an inspiring virtual work experience programme that’ll help their dreams of a career in the industry soar!

This week-long, live programme will take a closer look at the role of the Civil Aviation Authority as a regulator of aerospace and aviation, providing students an insight into how they promote innovation in the industry, and ensure that standards and safety is always adhered to.

Throughout this programme, the facilitators will take students through the different areas and responsibilities of the Civil Aviation Authority, and young people will have the chance to take part in interactive activities and quizzes, and speak to leading industry experts along the way.


  • Regulation, Aviation, and Aerospace
  • General Aviation and the CAA
  • Commercial Aviation and the CAA
  • Drones (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) and Future Technologies
  • CAA and Space
  • Inspiring Innovation
  • STEM & Careers
  • Skills for a Data-driven World

Dates and time commitment

  • Programme dates: Monday 22 July to Friday 26 July 2024
  • Registration deadline: Friday 19 July 2024
  • Fit the experience around your schedule. Approx. 10 hours of work required over the course of 2 weeks.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Computing
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Electronics, robotics and programming
    • General engineering
    • Mechanical engineering, systems and processes
    • Space and aerospace engineering
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Aiming high - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

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