Blue Skies is our flagship youth engagement programme, first piloted with ten young people in Lincoln in 2012 in partnership with Priory Witham Academy.
Blue Skies is a three year STEM-inspired syllabus which provides young people who face barriers to learning, with long-term support and access to inspirational teams and individuals to boost confidence, academic engagement, aspiration and work-readiness.
Blue Skies is an intensive, targeted, early intervention programme aimed at young people age 11+ who are underachieving at school and at risk of falling out of education due to life challenges and under-confidence.
Students are enrolled on Blue Skies for up to three years, and supported by our Youth Liaison Officers to build confidence and aspiration. Our young people are offered access to unique team-building and workplace experiences, and mentored by inspirational volunteers who support them to reengage with learning and build self-belief and work-readiness.
With a strong team we believe that anything is possible. We teach our students to recognise their strengths and work confidently within a team, arming them with vital skills for success. Our Blue Skies Level 1 syllabus, which we teach in the first year of our three-year Blue Skies programme, supports young people to develop trust, communication, confidence and collaboration within a team environment.
We believe in taking the initiative, leading by example and constantly challenging ourselves. Our Blue Skies Level 2 syllabus, which we teach to our second-year students, has a strong focus on personal-identity and resilience. We support our students to step beyond their comfort zone and teach them to lead with confidence. Vitally, we also teach our second-year students to support others to lead, and bring out the best in their teammates.
Our three year Blue Skies programme culminates in its final year with employability training and work experience for our young people. Working closely with our inspirational corporate partners who support our students throughout their journey, this level draws on business and industry opportunities within the local area, aligned to the needs, talents and interests of each young person.
We equip young people with a foundational attitude for success, and build self-belief, tenacity and trust.
Our impact studies have shown that Blue Skies students graduate from our programmes with increased confidence, educational attainment and social mobility. In addition, graduates leave our programmes armed with specific workplace competencies including:
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Blue Skies is a long-term, intensive programme, built on partnerships with inspirational organisations and individuals from the worlds of aviation and STEM. To date we have supported over 30,000 young people across the UK, and we have pledged to reach out to 1 million young people by the end of our second decade of operation in 2031. We are continually seeking out new funding opportunities and inspiring corporate partnerships to enable us to answer a growing national need for our programmes.
JET works intensively with over 200 young Blue Skies students each year from eight regions across the UK: Lincolnshire, Dorset, East Anglia, Hampshire, North Wales, Oxfordshire & Wiltshire, West Midlands and Yorkshire.
We currently work in partnership with 42 schools, 23 military partners (RAF, Navy, Army and MOD) and 22 corporate partners.Our regions