What inspired you to apply for the Airways Training Scholarship Programme?
I really wanted to do real-world research that would allow me to apply what I learnt at university. The research I completed at Airways Training complemented my studies and was flexible, so that I could fit the project around my studies. And of course the scholarship money was a big draw card too!
What was it like working for Airways Training?
It was awesome! When I applied for the programme I had studied in a variety of areas including accountancy, journalism, IT and marketing, but I didn’t fully know what I wanted to do outside of my studies. The research at Airways Training helped make that connection for me – I found out what and where I really wanted to work.
What research did you complete during your Scholarship Programme?
Aligning with my Master’s research, my project at Airways Training looked at simulation and gaming technologies within Air Traffic Control (ATC) training. Airways Training gave me ATC training software, where I taught myself a specific component of ATC. My research helped determine that there is definitely potential for what we call ‘blended-learning’ in ATC – training that uses both traditional classroom based resources, in addition to technology-focused self-learning resources. It also laid the foundation for some e-learning initiatives that Airways Training has since developed and that I have been involved with, like airBooks. Through this opportunity I have impacted the future of ATC training at Airways - that’s pretty awesome!
What was your favourite part about the programme?
My favourite part was completing the ATC training and even gaining a qualification for that specific component of ATC! Given I went into Airways Training without an aviation background, I really enjoyed learning about ATC. The world of aviation is fascinating – so much work goes on behind the scenes, and just getting this insight was really cool!
What are you doing now?
After completing my Masters I was offered a job with Airways Training, in the Training Technologies group. I am heavily involved in developing new e-learning initiatives, developing new content on new platforms, and basically trying to bring ATC training into the 21st century.