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Our partnership with Aer Lingus takes off!

We are delighted to partner with Aer Lingus to launch Aviation badges for Ladybirds, Brownies and Guides!

The badges will provide a structured introduction to aviation for girls from age 5+. Working towards the badge will help build an interest and foundation for future study in STEM subjects and encourage girls to consider future careers in the aviation industry.

A bespoke, age-appropriate curriculum has been developed for each Branch in partnership with Aer Lingus.

Ladybirds are asked to colour in a picture of an aircraft and make an object that flies, such as a paper plane or kite.

Brownies are required to research different careers linked with aviation and air transportation, investigate innovative women in the history of aviation and learn the phonetic language of aviation.

Guides must research the pilot profession, including the education and skills that are required and put their engineering skills to the test by creating their own aircraft experiments. They will be challenged to think of things that fly and how.

Helen Concannon, Chief Commissioner for the Irish Girl Guides, says: “Irish Girl Guides are delighted to partner with Aer Lingus on the development of Aviation badges. We love to encourage our girls to aim high and reduce stereotypes. Our programme develops their confidence and a self-belief that they can be anything they want to be. However, it is hard to be something you can’t see and this partnership enables us to show our members the variety of things they can be in the aviation industry.”

Aer Lingus has a strong track record of supporting female pilots: it was the first airline in Europe to employ a female pilot and currently employs twice as many female pilots when compared with the international airline industry average. Aer Lingus is making a concerted effort to encourage a greater number of women to apply for roles that have traditionally been male-dominated via their Aer Lingus Future Pilot Programme and the Aer Lingus Apprenticeship Scheme as well as opportunities in airline operations.

Brian Bowden, Chief People Officer for Aer Lingus, says: “We want to encourage girls to study STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and consider aviation. Just over five per cent of airline pilots worldwide are female and only 16 per cent of engineering graduates in Ireland are female. Only by encouraging greater female interest and applications to these roles can we address the gender imbalance.

We’re delighted to partner and support the Irish Girl Guides to create the Aviation badge, which will introduce and engage girls with the hugely dynamic and rewarding aviation industry.”