We’re passionate about empowering the next generation in our communities to reach their potential. Through Passport to Change, we’ll raise aspirations and engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
As the working world changes, STEM and technical skills are becoming more important than ever. But there’s a shortage of young people studying subjects that will help develop them, especially in economically deprived areas. There’s also a gender imbalance, with far fewer girls choosing to study STEM subjects than boys. But we want the careers of the future to be open to all young people, regardless of their gender, race, or economic status.
At Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays we use these skills every day – no matter what job we do. It’s not only our incredible finance teams, pilots, engineers and IT wizards – it’s our sales and marketing pros, fabulous cabin crew and our airports teams. We all use STEM-related skills every day that young people need, skills like problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, and action-planning.
Passport to Change – working with our local schools
We’ve partnered with WE to create Passport to Change: a three-year educational programme which will prepare 11-14 year olds with the skills they need for the future. With educational resources created by WE, and our amazing people sharing their experiences, participating students will be inspired and prepared for any career path.
All UK students aged 12-18 have the opportunity to compete for a place on Virgin Atlantic’s annual international scholarship trip to one of the international funded villages. Each year, finalists are chosen by the airline’s staff committee representatives. Judging is extremely tough and entrants were whittled down to the final 30 students. The 18-day experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity to volunteer oversees. It helps the students to understand global issues and provide them with tangible leadership skills.
WE Day is an annual, stadium sized event and it’s a celebration of students coming together to lead local and global change. You can’t buy tickets to WE Day, students earn them by taking social action. More than just a one day event as it empowers young people and teachers, giving them the resources to transform school culture and take action in the causes they care about. They will hear inspirational speeches from global leaders, activists, and performances from entertainers and world celebrities.