Over 7,000 people aged 11-21 are due to attend Futures Day on Friday at Farnborough to hear about the future of aerospace, defence, security and space and the careers that can be pursued in these sectors.

Events organised for the attendees from schools and universities include a Meet the Expert session where graduates or apprentices working in aviation will speak about their jobs and explain how to get into the industry. Attendees will also be able to hear accounts of how they got their jobs and what they do at work.

Beside the 18 mini conferences that are to take place, Futures Day will feature an opening ceremony including television presenter Jem Stansfield and an ESA astronaut. As part of the event, Rolls-Royce will be bringing a jet engine made entirely from Lego to the Innovation Zone, while an international rocketry competition will also take place.

The event is expected to attract up to 7,500 people, nearly three times the 2,700 that came to Futures Day at Farnborough 2010. The organisers add that they have also arranged better trails across the show including must-see attractions to help attendees see as much as possible.

While Cheryl Gillan, secretary of state for Wales, is keen to be present at the Futures Day opening ceremony, organisers are waiting to see if a more senior cabinet minister can attend.

Source: Flight Daily News