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.
We’re proud to partner with three schools in some of our closest communities: Thomas Bennet Community College in Crawley, Pentrehafod School in Swansea and Luther J Price Middle School in Atlanta.