What is the programme?


Recognising the severe shortage of future engineers in the UK, and indeed the world, and having identified that one of the main blockages to young people entering the industry is a lack of accurate and relevant information, the Sandy Gunn ACP has set about doing all it can to increase the number of young people undertaking STEM learning.


The purpose of the ACP is to:

  • excite young people’s interest in engineering generally, and aeronautics and astronautics specifically;

  • inform them of the current and potential related career opportunities available;

  • explain the routes into those careers;

  • build a network that will help maintain, and further, the purpose of the ACP and support each member as they progress their careers;

  • provide a source of continuously updated and relevant careers information and inter-action, including mentoring for those over 18.

Professor Lecturing on Stage

The ACP will utilise a travelling presentation road show with ACP staff, industry speakers and role models which will move around the UK to spread relevant and up-to-date industry information. Additionally, two annual engineering workshops will be held where those interested in discovering the hands-on skills required to restore WW2 aircraft can do so in the project’s workshop. The AA810 Network will be launched in late Autumn 2022 and will include all those involved in the presentations, engineering workshops, the restoration of Spitfire AA810 and the sponsors and supporters of Project AA810.



The first presentations took place in Autumn 2021; these will be updated annually as they gradually roll across the UK year by year. Attendance at the presentations will be at the discretion of the schools and colleges involved; attendance on the workshop will be by national competition. The first engineering workshops will take place in Autumn 2022.