Hundreds of students found out about working in the aviation sector as part of a special day organised by London City Airport.

Some 200 pupils from fifteen different secondary schools across east Lodon participated in the second annual STEM in Aviation Day at the ExCel centre today (Friday, November 10).

Firms such as NATS, Bechtel and Accenture’s Innovation Hub offered hands-on demonstrations of the latest innovations and explained opportunities available to youngster in the sector.

Children from Buxton School in Leytonstone and Norlington School for Boys in Leyton were among those to take part in the day

The airport says STEM professions will feature heavily in the 2,000 jobs it hopes to provide as part of expansion work due to take place later this year.

Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer at London City Airport, said: “STEM in Aviation Day demonstrates to secondary students how attractive and exciting this career path can be, with a rare opportunity to see and experience these innovations first-hand.”

“With construction due to begin in early 2018 on the airport’s £430 million development programme, we know how important events like this are to reduce the skills gap, inspire the next generation, and create real socio-economic benefits for the local area.”