Airport Community Network

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.

Members of the Network include Manchester Airport, World Duty Free, SSP, Initial, Enterprise Rent a car, Hilton Hotel, the Radisson Blu Hotel and Monarch Airlines.

Our network has an innovative vision to grow our Airport Academy and support the efforts of staff to develop projects that benefit the local community.

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 onve a term 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. We have held 10 WOW daysso far.

Charities Fair
Annually since 2006 The Station has played host to our Christmas charities fair for staff and customers. Raising funds for local charities, with help from airport partners including Alpha Retail and the Radisson hotel, the fair also enables us to buy Christmas gifts for children in local economically deprived areas.

Every year, we help donate to the Link Romania Shoe Box appeal. Co-ordinated by the Border and Immigration Agency and staff from across the airport, teams are encouraged to fill a shoebox with goodies to be distributed to the poor worldwide. In 2010 we donated over 50 boxes.

Consequences of crime
In 2010 Manchester Airport successfully applied for £9,500 of matched funding from the Big Lottery fund, to work on a project with four of the high schools in Wythenshawe.

Pupils in year 8 at the MEA, the Manchester Health Academy, St Pauls and Newall Green High Schools participated in this project designed to deter young people from getting involved in crime. The project, run in conjunction with radio station Key 103, highlighted the detrimental effects a criminal record would have on their future employability.

During a visit to the Airport the pupils toured the terminals and tried to spot as many different jobs as they could, by looking around their surroundings and asking people who were in the vicinity. They were then introduced to a variety of Airport employees in a question and answer sessions, where the children had to try and guess what jobs the volunteers were doing.

The Key 103 media bus also visited each school and the pupils were given a brief to create an advert to promote the message to their peers. A team was then chosen to represent each school has been chosen to produce an advert ‘fit for air’. Judges representing the Airport, Police, the Radio Station and Manchester City Council then chose the winning advert. The advert produced by a team from St Pauls Catholic High School was chosen to be played on Key 103 for one week during the school summer holidays

Bring your Child to work day
On the 22nd April 2010 Manchester Airport took part in the National Bring your Child to work day for the first time. The day was organised by the Community Relations Team and places were offered to children of Manchester Airport employees in school years 5 and 6.

Eighteen children attended on the day and it was hailed a great success with every child telling us that they enjoyed their visit.

In the action packed day children toured the Airport and rail station and visited our service partners making sandwiches in the Café Ritazza, checking out the bedrooms and health centre at the Radisson Blu Hotel. watching a demonstration by Rodney, the sniffer dog from the UK Border Agency and then finished their busy day off by a visit to the Airport fire station.

After having seen a variety of jobs available at the Airport the children were asked if they thought they would like to work at the Airport in the future, 13 of the children answered yes, with a split between being a fire officer and a sniffer dog handler.

The day highlighted how the Airport and it’s service partners work together and the day would not have been possible without their help.