Girton student Eliza Coutts with RAAF pilot officer Skye McKissock. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

GIRTON Grammar students from years 9 to 12 virtually took to the skies on Wednesday, when the Royal Australian Air Force visited the school.

Students were given immersive flying lessons with instructors inside a Super Hornet simulator.

RAAF personnel shared their first-hand experiences of careers in aviation and non-aviation roles including roles in mission aircrew, mission control and piloting.

Head of student futures Rod Knowles, said this opportunity would open young minds up to career options beyond more traditional choices.

“Preparing for the workplace of the future can be daunting for young people so we are committed to matching student strengths and passions to their preferred future so that they can thrive in their career and in life,” he said.

“We aim to expose students to as many career options as possible. From as early as year 10, students are making decisions through subject selection that begin to pave their future educational and vocational pathways.

“The visit from the air force is one of several that students will receive from experts in various industries and coupled with classes devoted to careers advice, our students are well informed of the myriad workplace options ahead of them.”

The simulator experience is an air force funded motivation program aiming to increase awareness and develop interest among young people in aviation careers.

“With the expansion this year of the RMIT flight training school into Bendigo, and Qantas’ announcement late last year, confirming the airline would begin Bendigo-Sydney flights from March, this experience is more relevant than ever for our students,” Mr Knowles said.