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Thursday 17 October 2019

Aer Lingus partners up with the Guides for new 'aviation badge'

First Officer Rachel Passmore; and Alicia Losty (8) (Ladybird); at the announcement that Aer Lingus has partnered with the Irish Girl Guides to create the ‘Aviation Badge'
First Officer Rachel Passmore; and Alicia Losty (8) (Ladybird); at the announcement that Aer Lingus has partnered with the Irish Girl Guides to create the ‘Aviation Badge'

Aer Lingus has partnered with the Irish Girl Guides to create the 'Aviation Badge', which aims to engage girls from a young age with the aviation sector, by building an interest and foundation for future study in STEM subjects and encouraging them to consider future careers in the aviation industry.

Irish Girl Guides has approximately 12,000 members in Ireland. The partnership will provide a structured introduction to aviation with the creation of three Aviation badges, one for each level of Girl Guide: Ladybirds (aged 5 - 7); Brownies (aged 7 -10); and Guides (aged 10-14).

A bespoke, age-appropriate curriculum has been developed by Aer Lingus and Irish Girl Guides. Ladybirds must colour in a picture of an aircraft and make an object that flies such as a paper plane or kite. Brownies are required to research different careers linked with aviation and air transportation, investigate innovative women in the history of aviation and learn the phonetic language of Aviation. Girl Guides must research the pilot profession, including what education and skills are required; put their engineering skills to the test by creating their own aircraft experiments and challenge them to think of things that fly and how.

Aer Lingus has a strong track record of supporting female pilots: it was the first airline in Europe to employ a female pilot, and currently, employs twice as many female pilots when compared with the international airline industry.

Fingal Independent

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