New heights for Civil Aviation Authority partnership.

New heights for Civil Aviation Authority partnership.

The Jon Egging Trust (JET) is delighted to announce the renewal of its partnership with the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) which will enable 765 disadvantaged students to benefit from JET’s long-term, STEM-inspired Blue Skies support programmes, receiving over 16,500 hours of face-to-face support over the next year. 

The funding will support programme delivery in Hampshire, Lincolnshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, East Anglia, and North Wales, as well as enabling JET to expand its work in the West Midlands, in a corridor of severe deprivation around Wolverhampton.   

In addition to the vital funding, the CAA has pledged direct support for JET students from September, offering access to their network of inspiring STEM ambassadors, and delivering two careers workshops in December and February to highlight pathways into careers in space and aviation. 

JET’s partnership with the CAA began in 2022, with the CAA part-funding the charity’s work in six of its nine active regions including East Anglia, Lincolnshire, North Wales, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, and Hampshire.  

JET CEO, Dr Emma Egging, says: “Over the past year, the CAA has provided vital opportunities for our students to experience and be inspired by STEM and aviation careers. We are immensely grateful for their continued support which will enable us to provide further opportunities linked to the space industry. By giving access to unique workplaces and the professional role models within them, our students gain an insight into career pathways they might have been unaware of, or considered inaccessible. In our commitment to levelling up, it’s vital that we create pathways like this for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in order to harness the depth of talent that exists within overlooked communities, and to help address the critical skills gap within the UK STEM and aerospace industries.” 

Paul Smith, Joint-Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Aviation Authority said: “Our partnership with the Jon Egging Trust allows young people regardless of their background to gain key insights and develop the necessary skills needed to pursue careers in the aviation and aerospace sector. 

“To create an innovative future for STEM, aviation and aerospace, investing in the capabilities of young talent is essential. We remain committed to supporting the interests of young people and helping create opportunities for the next generation in our sector.” 

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The Jon Egging Trust (JET) supports young people who are facing adversity and come from disadvantages backgrounds to develop social and emotional skills, re-engage with learning, improve their grades and in turn maximise their potential. Our experiential learning programmes provide long-term support and access to extraordinary workplaces and STEM environments and the inspirational models within them. 


The UK CAA is the UK’s aviation regulator. Its activities include: making sure that the aviation industry meets the highest technical and operational safety standards; preventing holidaymakers from being stranded abroad or losing money because of tour operator insolvency; planning and regulating UK airspace; and regulating airports, air traffic services and airlines; and providing advice on aviation policy.