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23/24 Fantasy Wings Programme - 3 sponsored places (13+, apply by 5th July)

Are you interested in aviation? Would like to be a pilot for your future career?

Two of our Ascend Learning Trust schools have been awarded three sponsored spaces for students on the 23/24 Fantasy Wings programme!

There is however an eligibility criteria and some travel costs, but if you are interested please read on.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible you must meet one of the below criteria:

  1. Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic Individual

  2. Female

You must also be interested in the airline pilot/aviation industry and age 13+.

Not eligible? - Careers Appointment Opportunity

If you are not eligible for this particular programme, but would like support and advice for careers in the aviation industry, please contact your Careers Team to book a careers appointment.


Commitment and Costs

Please be aware that although this is a sponsored place, there are still travel costs that you will need to pay for involving 10 trips to your chosen local as described below. There is also a large time commitment.

The programme runs in person in London, Birmingham, and Manchester on one Saturday each month for ten months, beginning in October. We also have several work experience and practical skills opportunities available with our partners at the end of each programme.


How to apply

If you would like to be considered for one of these places, please email with the email subject title FANTASY WINGS PLACE INTEREST by Wednesday 5th July 3pm, stating your name, school, tutor group, age and reasons why you would like one of the sponsored places.

If you are successful in your application, we will get back to you to confirm further details on how to claim the sponsored place and this must be completed by Monday 10th July 2023.


Further Detail

The Fantasy Wings programme aims to equip young people aged 13-25, particularly those from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds and young women, with the skills and knowledge necessary to become pilots and succeed in the aviation industry. Our partners include leading aviation organizations in the UK, such as British Airways, easyJet, Virgin Atlantic, NATs, The Airline Pilot Club, The CAA and The Air Race.

At the end of the programme, 50 participants will be selected to have a trial flight, and three young people will receive sponsorship for their 45-hour Private Pilot Licence training.


Equality Act - statement from The Fantasy Wings

The Fantasy Wing's programme would like to stress that this programme operates within the framework of the law and all policies are reviewed and approved by legal experts. The equality's act allows what is commonly known as "positive action," which is a lawful measure aimed at addressing disadvantage or under-representation in specific industries experienced by people sharing particular protected characteristics.

As you may be aware, the aviation industry has been historically dominated by certain groups, particularly white males. Less than 3% of pilots are from minority ethnic backgrounds, and less than 7% are women. This indicates a significant under-representation of individuals from these groups within the industry.

The programme's admission policy is designed to address this under-representation by providing opportunities specifically for individuals from minority ethnic backgrounds and women. This is not done to discriminate against other groups but to encourage diversity and inclusivity within the industry, which is crucial in ensuring that the aviation sector represents and serves the entire community.

We hope this clarifies our position and assures you that the programme is well within the law. We value diversity and inclusivity and are committed to creating opportunities for individuals from all backgrounds. If you have any further concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us'


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