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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.       

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:

Dragons Den

Twenty-one schools participated in the 2014 Airport Community Network Dragon’s Den challenge. Groups of students from each school had to design and develop a product which would retail for no more than five pounds; they had to decide on a suitable manufacturing process, purchase materials, market and sell the product, then produce accounts.

Airport Community Network member companies World Duty Free, Manchester Airport, Singapore Airlines, Greater Manchester Police, Cathay Pacific Airlines, Thomas Cook, and Enterprise Rent a Car all provided Dragons for the lair. The students presented to ‘Dragons’ to secure an essential start-up loan of up to £100 and later returned to present their final accounts for scrutiny.

Wilmslow High School, were thrilled to win the 2014 Dragon’s Den trophy after raising the most profit from sale of an innovative 'Dog Treatz'. Awards were also made to Harrytown Catholic High School for Best Presentation and Sale Grammar School for Entrepreneurial Excellence. The Total raised was £7,480 which was split between three local charities, St Ann’s Hospice, East Cheshire Hospice and Hope House.

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: