Reaching for the Stars

Emily STAC RAF student

A former Stansted Airport College trainee has landed her dream career by joining the RAF as an Air and Ground Steward

Emily, who studied the Level 3 Aviation Operations course, had always been interested in Cabin Crew, however, a Royal Air Force careers talk at the College inspired her to consider a career in the RAF.

In order to join the RAF Emily had to complete the Airman Test which tests ability and decision making skills, as well as pass a rigorous medical and fitness test before being accepted.

Her role as an Air and Ground steward will see her serving passengers from the army and RAF and their families and other military professionals who may be deployed overseas.

First she will do military training at RAF Halton, before completing more specialist training.

Emily was naturally excited about starting her new career and the challenges it will bring. “I am most looking forward to experiencing a different lifestyle, travelling and meeting different people. Also experiencing the RAF in general.”

Speaking of her experiences whilst at Stansted Airport College, Emily said: “The support has been amazing. As well as my studies, I have been able to take part in an airside police exercise, explore the airport and do work experience with Harrods Aviation.

“I expected college to be similar to school but it isn’t, we are much more independent here. The lessons are different and we are expected to find the answers through our own research which I really enjoy. It’s like being in a bubble of positivity, I don’t think I’ve ever had a negative day here. I have made some really great friends too.”

Wendy Martin, Head of College, said of Emily: “We’re all really proud of Emily and her progression to the RAF. Throughout her time at College Emily has been committed and worked hard, always with a smile on her face. She deserves every success. This is just one of many career opportunities available to our Stansted Airport College trainees. Very well done Emily!”

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