Flying into a £42 billion industry

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 17:07

Flying into a 42 billion industry drone course

Secondary school students were thrilled by the opportunities presented by a career in the fast-growing drone industry at Future Fest.

Nigel Pugh hovered a DJI Inspire 2 in a learning space before them while explaining the array of career options and types of technology on offer.

The model, about the same width of a lorry tyre, already has a stellar rep, having been used by rap megastar Drake for producing music videos.

Mastering drone technology, within safe parameters, can open up careers ranging from town planning to deploying unmanned aerial vehicles against terrorists in foreign conflict zones.

The Photography, Graphics & Drone Technology course at SCCB is the first in Birmingham and one of only a small number nationally that are tapping into a market, where demand far outstrips the skilled workforce currently available.

Nigel said: "The very exciting thing now is that the Government commissioned a white paper two years ago by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

"There are four thousand commercial drone pilots in the UK like me and the Government has said they will need a hundred and twenty thousand by 2020.

"That's why the course represents a fantastic opportunity."