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Inclusivity in Aviation event highlights the importance of embracing diversity

Youth Aviation charity Air League recently hosted its Inclusivity in Aviation reception giving attendees the chance to watch inspiring talks given by young, diverse employees succeeding in the aviation sector.

Youth Aviation charity Air League recently hosted its Inclusivity in Aviation reception giving attendees the chance to watch inspiring talks by young, diverse employees succeeding in the aviation sector.

Almost 200 people attended the function including UWL aviation lecturers, UWL students and personnel from established aviation companies such as British Airways, The British Gliding Association, Lockheed Martin and Virgin Atlantic.

The London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism (LGCHT), which is part of the University of West London (UWL), was the main sponsor of the event that was held at the House of Commons.

LGCHT has been working with Air League, the UK’s leading aviation, aerospace, and space charity for over five years.

The reception was hosted by Air League chairperson John Steel KC FRAeS and trustee Andy Perkins. The Rt Honourable Mark Garnier OBE welcomed guests.

Several LGCHT aviation students attended the event and were impressed by having the chance to visit the House of Commons for the first time.

Level 6 student Toby Bennett BSc (Hons) Air Transport Management, said: “It was a pleasure to attend the Air League Inclusivity Reception at the House of Commons, and listen to the inspirational guest speakers, their journeys and the support they’ve received. Inclusivity is essential, ensuring the best talent from all backgrounds is represented.”

Associate pro vice-chancellor and Dean of LGCHT James Edmunds who attended the event along with pro vice-chancellor (business development) Dr Suresh Gamlath, said: “We are delighted to support Air League as the main sponsor for this Inclusivity in Aviation reception. They are a wonderful charity that do so much positive work.

“We share a vision for unlocking career paths to people from non-traditional backgrounds in a sector which is constantly evolving.”

Level 4 student Ruby Wood BSc (Hons) Air Transport Management, said: “The Inclusivity within Aviation event was not only deeply inspiring, but a huge step in the right direction.

“To me, it is of paramount importance that the aviation industry has a good representation of those from all walks of life. It was amazing getting to network with those in the industry.”

Andy Perkins, trustee at Air League who organised the event, said: “We are grateful for the support of the University of West London. They ensure that the next generation of aviation professionals are set up for success whatever aviation career pathway they decide to choose.”

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