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 Airports Group, World Duty Free, Enterprise Rent a car, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Monarch Airlines, Carillion, Greater Manchester Police, UK Border Force, GalifordTry, NATS, Singaopore 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.

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. The future of all businesses on the Manchester Airport site depends upon having great talent within our workforce; our Airport Academy programme provides structured support to meet the future needs. Menzies and Alpha LSG have employed 30 people from the Airport Academy and SSP have also provided employment opportunities. Authentic Food Company have also expressed interest in employing people from the Academy.

In 2012/13 587 people and in 2013/2014 552 people took part in the Academy with 98 and 168 people respectively being placed into employment. 

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 schools participated in the 2013 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, 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.

Cheadle Hulme Grammar School, were thrilled to win the 2013 Dragon’s Den trophy Cheadle Hulme Grammar School, were thrilled to win the 2013 Dragon’s Den trophy after raising the most profit from sale of an innovative non-alcoholic fruit punch. A separate award for Entrepreneurial Excellence was awarded to Macclesfield High and Hazel Grove High School received the award for Best Presentation. All schools succeeded in making a profit, and the total raised was £13,560 which was split between three local charities, St Ann’s Hospice, East Cheshire Hospice and Hope House.

Job Shadow
Over 70 Year 10 students from Manchester Enterprise and Knutsford Academies spent a morning on a job shadow placement. Students had the opportunity to select from 20 different opportunities across our business and those of our Airport Community Network partners:

  • 100% of job shadow hosts said they enjoyed taking part in the morning.
  • 100% of teachers rated the morning 10/10.


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