Thursday 6th March, 2014

Flying high

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Four young people have had a 'once in a lifetime' opportunity to fly a fully certified aircraft simulator as part of our collaboration with the Marshall Network, a development and fundraising group formed by employees from local company Marshall of Cambridge. The group manned the controls of a Boeing 737, taking off and landing in far flung places including Hong Kong and Salzburg.

Daniel, 19, said "I didn't know much about Marshall at first but they helped us to learn new things about the work of Marshall and flying, as well as about working as a team."

This group of young people (aged 16 - 21), are currently studying Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English, along with a range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities. This forms part of Romsey Mill's post-16 education provision for those who did not pass GCSE qualifications in mainstream education.

This workshop was particularly popular but the Marshall Network have also facilitated other engineering-themed activities including a site tour, a visit to the control tower and model plane building.

Mike Farrington, Romsey Mill's Alternative Education Co-ordinator, noted that "the partnership with the Marshall Network has been fantastic in engaging the students with STEM subjects and seeing their practical application in everyday life."

The next course has a construction focus and Coulson Building Group will be providing construction-related workshops and work experience opportunities.