Happy to share our passion for aviation with young people

3 November 2016

The future is in the hands of the young! That’s why we at EUROCONTROL want to make sure we can attract talented young people with a passion for aviation. To do so, we strive to offer interesting and challenging traineeships, job opportunities and numerous initiatives.


One such campaign is our first ever Hackathon. It brings together 32 young and talented students from across Europe for an opportunity to challenge their coding creativity and help create the world’s most efficient radar decoding system. The Hackathon takes place between 4-6 November 2016 and you can follow it on our dedicated Hackathon website.

Air Traffic Controller campaign

Another initiative we have recently launched is a campaign for students looking to expand their horizons via future career opportunities. We offer promising young people an exciting opportunity to train for two-and-a-half years and, if selected, a rewarding career as an air traffic controller (ATCO) at our Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC). Find out more about this opportunity on our dedicated ATCO website.

School visits

That’s not all. We regularly host visits for students from high-schools and universities to show them what we do in the world of European aviation, giving them an opportunity to explore our organisation and think about whether a career in air traffic management could be of interest to them.

Over the past years, we’ve hosted students from Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and even the US. Our regular visitors are students from the four European Schools in Brussels, the European Law Students’ Association in Amsterdam, Master’s students from Leiden University, and MBA aviation students from Frankfurt. Moreover, every year, EUROCONTROL welcomes students from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida, who have the opportunity to visit all our sites.

This year, however, we have taken a step further, changing the way we organise the European School visit. Instead of giving the students lectures and presentations, we now fully immerse them in our work. Over the five-day visit, each student is assigned to work in a specific unit within the Agency so as to give a real feel of what we do. The students are mentored, and after spending five days in a business unit, present the work that they have done.

If you are an educational institution interested in offering your students an exciting opportunity to explore the work we do and understand the world of European aviation better, feel free to contact our Events Team.

Summer School

Students might also be interested in next year’s Summer School, which will be held at our Institute of Air Navigation Services in Luxembourg. This highly interactive programme combines theory, dialogue with active pilots and air traffic controllers as well as hands-on experience with high-fidelity simulators. The course allows students following some aviation-related courses to earn two ECTS points in the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, as is the case with students at the Zurich University of Applied Science, the ZHAW. More details will follow early next year: watch this space!

Through all of these initiatives, we share our passion and hopefully spark the interest of young people in aviation. Our efforts aim to deliver the next generation of ATM experts.

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