Two young people from Belfast who have been selected as the first in the UK to benefit from a new flying scholarship initiative created by L3Harris and The Prince’s Trust, today (Wednesday 10thJuly) met with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
The Prince was attending the official opening of L3Harris’ London Training Centre where he took part in a flight simulation and met The Prince’s Trust cadets Frank Bozo and Morgan Pettigrew, both aged 17, from Belfast.
The Flying Scholarship is a new initiative created by L3Harris as part of the RAF 100 Legacy to support young people into careers in flying. The scholarship aims to support the shared goal of L3Harris and The Prince’s Trust to increase diversity within the aviation industry and support more people to achieve their dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot.
This is the first year of the scholarship which has the potential to support three young people per year for the next ten years. The first three pupils to be offered a scholarship are all from Belfast and will undertake their training at L3Harris Airline Academy in Bournemouth from September 2019.
Two of the pupils travelled to London today where they met The Prince. Frank Bozo is a pupil at Ashfield Boy’s School and Morgan Pettigrew is a pupil at Malone College.
Speaking about the event, Frank said: “It has been an amazing experience to be here today to see the new L3Harris training centre and meet His Royal Highness. I was so happy to be selected for The Prince’s Trust Flying Scholarship and can’t wait for our first training session in September.
“I have always dreamed of flying a plane, but never thought I would get the opportunity to. When I heard about this scholarship I jumped at the chance to attend the selection day at Aldergrove. We took part in team building and leadership activities before being interviewed and I couldn’t believe it when I heard I had got the place!”
Mark Dougan, NI Director, The Prince’s Trust said: “The idea for this scholarship came from conversations the The Lord Lieutenant of Belfast Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle CBE had with Ron Cook Chief Executive L3Harris UK, and the RAF about ways to make aviation more accessible to young people.
“We are delighted L3Harris chose to partner with us at The Prince’s Trust to offer this incredible opportunity to young people in Northern Ireland. At The Trust we believe that with the right opportunities young people can develop their self-confidence, unleash their talent and reach their full potential.”
If you would like to find out more about the work of The Prince’s Trust please visit princes-trust.org.uk or call 0800 842 842.