A Royal Air Force Cadets squadron in Seaham is helping the town’s young people get a flying start to their careers, thanks to funding from believe housing.
1338 (Seaham) Squadron ATC, a voluntary youth organisation within the RAF Air Cadets, was awarded a £1000 grant by the County Durham-based housing association to renovate an old classroom into an IT and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) suite. The money allowed the group to buy five laptops for the suite to accompany PCs, a 3D printer, an air traffic control simulator, and other equipment which are being source to improve the offer to cadets.
Meeting every Tuesday and Thursday, between 7pm and 9:30pm, the 1338 (Seaham) Squadron uses the facility to help 12 to 20-year-olds develop their life skills.
The sessions help attendees improve their employability skills, including CV writing and job interview skills, while gearing them up for future STEM careers and helping them make new friends along the way.
Flight Lieutenant Nathan McCully FARAC, from 1338 (Seaham) Squadron ATC, said: “We wanted to develop our IT and STEM suite as a place to bring young people together while also developing vital life skills that will help them later in life.
“We’re grateful for the funding that we’ve received from believe housing to help bring this vision to life. It will have a major impact on our young people’s futures.’”
Frances Christie, Community Investment Apprentice for believe housing, said: “Providing funding for 1338 (Seaham) Squadron ATC’s IT and STEM suite will help young people in the area develop their life skills and learn more about opportunities in STEM.
“The head start that these young people will get from the suite will benefit them massively, the possibilities will be endless.”