REACHING FOR THE STARS – Mark Tami MP joins local apprentice to launch 2014 UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge

Rocketry Challenge Launch

Mark Tami MP teamed up with Airbus apprentice Richard Wardle to take part in a rocket launching competition with 25 other MPs next to the House of Commons.

The competition celebrated the launch of the 2014 UK Aerospace Youth Rocketry Challenge (UKAYRoC) which sees teams of students aged 11-18 years old design, build and launch their own rockets to exacting specifications.

Mark Tami MP said: “The Rocketry Challenge is an excellent opportunity for students to see how exciting engineering is and I am keen for as many schools from Alyn & Deeside to enter the competition as possible.”

“It was great to meet with Richard and the other young people that are starting out on their engineering careers.”

The event coincides with Tomorrow’s Engineers Week – a Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) initiative to showcase the many exciting engineering careers options available to young people.

Speaking at the event, Paul Everitt, chief executive of aerospace trade organisation, ADS Group commented:“The Rocketry Challenge is a unique initiative to ignite enthusiasm for our sectors. We believe the challenge has an important role to play in galvanising more young people to take up careers in the aerospace sector, ultimately helping the UK take advantage of the significant growth opportunities available as air travel continues to increase.”

Apprentices from Airbus, Astrium, Axis Electronics, Cobham, GE Aviation, GKN, Marshall Aerospace and Defence, MEP, Raytheon UK, RLC Engineering, Selex ES and UTC Aerospace Systems were on hand on the day to support their MP team leader in the successful launch of the rocket.

Schools can find out more about the Challenge at