East Midlands Airport launches airport academy

East Midlands Airport has today opened its dedicated employment and education facility. The facility was opened by Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire with an official ribbon cutting ceremony.

East Midlands Airport and Stockport College, which also delivers the Academy programme at sister airport, Manchester Airport, has partnered with Stephenson College and Job Centre Plus to create a bespoke facility, which will help unemployed people in the region develop their workplace skills and have the opportunity to get back into work.

Andy Cliffe Managing Director East Midlands Airport said: "As one of the largest employers in the region, with a long standing commitment to education, we are proud to be launching an airport academy in the region.

“Education is particularly important to us and we invest heavily in the local communities, offering opportunities to local schools, colleges and community groups. Building on the work already in place to educate young people, the airport has used its expertise to take this dedicated education facility to a whole new level.

"As well as providing an important qualification, the academy also increases candidates’ confidence and interviewing techniques to set them on the path of employment. With around 6,500 people employed by over 90 businesses on site, we are confident that our facilities and expertise can help many people back into employment.”

The academy is based in the airport’s dedicated on site education centre, the Aerozone and will offer candidates the opportunity to gain a level 1 NVQ in customer service and the chance to develop work place skills, such as literacy, numeracy, CV building and the chance to take part in mock interviews. Education partner Stephenson College will host the course, giving a valuable education resource.

Nigel Leigh, Chief Executive Stephenson College said: “Stephenson College is delighted to be working in partnership with Stockport College and Job Centre Plus to prepare people for job opportunities that may arise at East Midlands Airport. We recognise the significance the airport plays locally as a centre for employment and we are very happy to support the delivery of skills through the airport academy.

“We are fortunate at Stephenson College to see people progress from entering employment and to support their training throughout their careers. We look forward to continuing this work with our new partners”.

After completing the skills courses offered by the academy, a number of candidates will also be offered the opportunity of a 20 week paid work placement with an onsite business, which will allow the candidates to practically apply their skills and gain experience for their CV. In addition, the airport will also help to match candidates to any available job vacancies across the airport site.

Published on: 28/06/2013 15:15:00

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