Science, technology, engineering and maths - the so-called STEM subjects - form the basis of many of the core skills needed for engineering and construction jobs at an airport. We are actively involved in partnerships and sponsoring events that encourage young people to get involved in these subjects.
For several years, Gatwick has hosted the Sussex and Surrey FIRST® LEGO® League regional tournament, where teams of students compete to build LEGO® robots.
FIRST® LEGO® League is an international robotics-based competition, which aims to excite young people aged 9 to 16 years about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). It is a global competition with over 30,000 teams involving more than half a million young people.
Teams are judged on their ability to build and program the robot, their research, teamwork and presentation skills.
We are also headline sponsors of Crawley STEMfest which gives 20,000 local young people the chance to learn about STEM career paths. This culminates with the Big Bang Fair South East where thousands of people come along and learn about science through activities, shows and workshops.
Engineering skills are critical to our business and we want to be at the forefront of inspiring young people to join us and to be part of our continuing future growth and success. We are delighted to be the headline sponsor for both Crawley STEMfest and the Big Bang, where we will be able to connect with thousands of local students.
Tony Yates, Head of Engineering, Gatwick Airport