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Airport Community Network

Power of Partnership

At Manchester Airport, we recognise the power of partnership. We work closely with service partners onsite and together have developed an Airport Community Network to coordinate and support our work in the community.

Airport Community Network

Members of the Network include Manchester Airports Group, World Duty Free, Enterprise Rent a car, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Monarch Airlines, Carillion, Greater Manchester Police, UK Border Force, GalifordTry, NATS, Singapore Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines and First Trans Pennine Express.

Our network has an innovative vision to support the efforts of staff to develop projects that benefit the local community. We have summarised some of our work below and in our newsletter to keep up to date visit our Facebook Page.       

Dragons Den

Every year students from high schools in Greater Manchester and Cheshire are recognised by business leaders at Manchester Airport, whilst completing a Dragons Den-style enterprise competition.

Competing schools from across the North West are challenged to develop a gift for family or friends retailing for £5 or less. The teams set themselves up as a virtual business; design a gift, work out how to manufacture it , purchase materials, market and sell the product and produce accounts. There are opportunities to develop key skills for each team member.

Businesses that are members of the Airport Community Network provide mentors to each of the participating schools, supporting the teams and encourage them throughout the process, along with a business set-up loan of £100, which schools had to pitch for in a presentation to the Dragons in The Den.

Once the loan is secured students are encouraged to go and sell their product. The winning team that is announced at the grand finale at the Radisson Blu Hotel, is the team that has raised the most money.

Products created in the past have included Glass Cheese boards made from recycled bottles, chocolates, macaroons, night before Christmas packs, Christmas decorations and snowman door stops.

A team of pupils from Priestnall Secondary School in Heaton Mersey, Stockport, won the overall prize last year, with their "Cookie Shot," which contained all the ingredients to make some cookies inside a decorative jar.

The team made a record-breaking £4,100 and during the course of the project, carried out negotiations with suppliers to ensure they got the best deal, as well as collecting donations to fund their efforts.

A total of £14050 profit was made by all of the schools who took part, which will be shared between St Ann’s Hospice, Hope House Children's Hospices and East Cheshire Hospice.

The initiative has been taking place since 2009 and an astonishing £48,500 has been raised during that time. We look forward to breaking our record again this year, with our 22 successful school applications.

John Cregg, headteacher of winning Preistnall School, said: "The whole experience has been incredible for the students and we are hugely proud of them as a school.

"They have worked really, really hard and devoted many hours to the project, both inside and outside of school.

"All the students worked well as a team and complemented each other's skills, so for them to win is a great achievement and they have picked up some great advice and experience in the process.”

Wendy Sinfield, Community Relations Manager at Manchester Airport, said: “The Dragons Den Challenge develops many skills that will be needed by Students as they progress in their journey to the workplace.

“There were some really fabulous ideas and everyone who took part made a significant contribution in completing the challenge and raising thousands of pounds for local charities.

“Although there had to be an overall winner selected, the standard was exceptionally high and on behalf of the Airport Community Network, I hope that all of the students who took part go away having learned a lot about business in a uniquely fun and interactive way.”

Good Luck to all this years participants!

Airport Academy

The Academy combines the delivery of key business benefits (creating a sustainable business positioned to grow), it supports and inspires local people to work with us in the future and engages our colleagues.

WOW Days

Many children would like to know more about working at the airport, and, to help them to understand the variety of work we do, we have developed a series of World of Work (WOW) days which are delivered twice a year at local schools.

On the day, the school becomes an airport as teams of staff from airport-based employers hold fun interactive sessions in class. The day broadens horizons and gives pupils the opportunity to talk to a variety of professionals about the range of careers options at Manchester Airport. Please see the video clip below which give a flavour of the World of Work Day delivered at Sacred Heart RC Primary School in Wythenshawe:

Job Shadow

On 19th March 88 Year 10 students from Manchester Enterprise and Knutsford Academies spent a morning/afternoon (respectively) on a job shadow placement. Students had the opportunity to select from 21 different opportunities across our business and those of our Airport Community Network partners: