Inspiring Young People

Inspiring the next generation of aviation professionals

students in the aerozone sitting in plane seats whilst another student acts as a cabin crew member serving drinks


As part of our commitment to inspire generations of young people, we have developed an on-site education centre at Manchester known as the ‘Aerozone’. This centre is free to visit and provides a flexible, interactive and inspirational learning environment for children and young people age 4-18. (booking is essential).

The Aerozone offers a range of tailored interactive experiences and activities, linked to the curriculum, providing a blend of reality, learning and fun.

Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in our hands-on, realistic role-play work zones and explore a variety of careers on offer in the dynamic world of aviation and beyond.

For more information, please view the AeroZone brochure.

How to book a trip to Aerozone Manchester

This facility is accessible free of charge to local schools and colleges.

Please note that the AeroZone is fully booked for both the 22/23 and 23/24 academic year. Please join our waiting list. We will contact you if we have any cancellations.

If you are a Wythenshawe school, please email us

students in the aerozone weighing luggage and understanding about the check-in process

Dragons Den

Manchester Airport’s Community Network has announced the return of its popular Dragons’ Den competition for school pupils in its neighbouring communities.

This year’s competition was the 12th edition, following a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Groups of up to six budding entrepreneurs worked together to develop a business model and visited ‘the den’ to bid for a business start-up loan of £200.

Once they had secured the loan, teams purchased materials, made their gift, and sold the product in their local communities, with items retailing for a maximum of £8. Each group was assigned a mentor from the Manchester Airport Community Network to guide them through running their start-up.

In December, teams from a variety of schools attended a grand final event at ‘The Nest’  at the Timpsons’ head office in Wythenshawe to present their results to the Dragons. Prizes were awarded for Best Presentation, Most Innovative Product and Best Eco-Credentials, with Priestnall High School being crowned overall winners by raising a staggering £7,800 for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital selling handmade Christmas tree ornaments featuring a tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

James Timpson, CEO of one of our biggest local businesses, shared his top-tips for running a successful business including why it’s so important to have a happy workforce. Local start-up ‘Wiggles Pizza’ provided a delicious lunch and also shared the story of how they turned their lockdown hobby into a business. In total £13,335 was raised for local charities - Prevent Breast Cancer, Francis House Children's Hospice, St Ann's Hospice, East Cheshire Hospice, Seashell Trust and The Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.


Work Experience at Manchester Airport

January 2023 update

The Covid-19 pandemic had a profound effect for the aviation and travel and tourism sector. Whilst we gear up for our ‘best summer ever’ we have suspended our work experience programme until September 2023.

There are over 90 companies based at the Airport, you may be able to secure a work experience placement with one of these on-site business partners. You will need to contact them directly.

If you are interested in more information on what it's like to work at Manchester Airport and what roles we have at the airport, please visit  Apprenticeships and Graduate Schemes | Manchester Airport.