Photo Credit: SAC Chris Thompson-Watts, RAF Valley Photographic Section © UK MOD Crown Copyright 2018
“Blue Skies has really inspired me to achieve what I want and to never give up.” – Kayleigh, BS1
On 7th February 2018, a ceremony was held to celebrate the graduation of students from Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi on the Jon Egging Trust’s Blue Skies Teamwork, Leadership and Employability Skills programme.
The students celebrated all of their hard work and achievements at Canolfan Ucheldre, Caergybi. 29 students had the opportunity to give a final presentation to a room full of parents and VIPs.
“A big thanks to everyone in the Blue Skies and everyone else. You have truly changed my life and I can’t wait for next year.” – Rohan, BS1
“I’ve learnt that if I push myself, I can achieve things that I would normally think is out of my reach” – Nick, BS2
Each student spoke about their experiences on the Blue Skies programme, from flight simulators to climbing in Snowdonia, chair building to the helicopter’s Virtual Reality Trainer, and explained what those opportunities had meant to them.
The Jon Egging Trust’s patron, Air Marshal Stuart Atha, awarded the students their graduation certificates, along with the CEO, Dr Emma Egging.
“Blue Skies has helped me in lots of ways. I am more confident. When I was on Blue Skies 1, my confidence was a barrier to me. I didn’t want to do the presentation. Last term, I was interviewed on the radio about JET team, and I would never have done that before.” – Jess, BS3
The Mayoress of Holyhead, Mrs Ann Kennedy, and Group Captain Nick Tucker-Lowe, the Station Commander of RAF Valley, also attended the event, along with representatives from the Lifelong Learning Department and the military volunteers from RAF Valley and JSMTC Indefatigable.
‘It has been great to be involved with delivering the programme. I have gained so much pleasure from seeing the students grow and develop their skills. It is a really valuable, worthwhile and positive experience for everyone involved.’ – Squadron Leader at RAF Valley
“Blue Skies has helped me in lots of ways. I am more confident. When I was on Blue Skies 1, my confidence was a barrier to me. I didn’t want to do the presentation. Last term, I was interviewed on the radio about JET team, and I would never have done that before.” – Molly, BS3
The North Wales Blue Skies programme is very well supported by local companies, and representatives from BAE Systems, Horizon Nuclear, Ascent Flight Training, Babcock and Eagle House were delighted to hear how their sessions have inspired the students.
‘It was really good to see how much progress the students have made and how much they have gained from being part of the BS programme.’ Mr Bailey, Teacher at Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi