East Midlands Airport celebrates bring your child to work day

For the first time, East Midlands Airport took part in National Bring your child to work day on Thursday 25th April 2013, giving eleven children the chance to experience the world of work at an international airport.

The day focussed on experience and education and gave the young visitors an interactive snap shot of what is it like in the world of work, whilst offering inspiration for future careers.

Jessica Gilbody, Community Relations Manager East Midlands Airport said: “The day was a great success and we are pleased to have taken part this year for the first time. We wanted to re-invent the traditional bring your child to work day and give the children an insight into the inner workings of an airport. We specifically didn’t want children to come and sit at a desk and watch their parents, so we decided to use our experience in providing a successful education offering to create a fun, interactive programme that hopefully inspired the children for their future career.

“At the airport, we currently have sons and daughters that have followed in their parent's footsteps and we’d like to think that some of these children could be our work force of the future.”

During the one day programme, the children took part in education activities and listened to staff members talking about their roles, as well as some hands on experiences, such as checking in and security, followed by a demonstration by the airport’s fire and rescue team.
Lucy May (aged 5), visitor to the airport said: “I loved getting my own security pass and it has my name on it. I can't wait to take it and all the other things I got in to school to show my teacher and my friends.”

In addition to airport staff, business partners were also keen to get on board, helping to make the day even more worthwhile for the students. Partners included Jet2.com and the on-site police who gave talks to the students and the Thistle Hotel, who gave the children a tour of the hotel and leisure facilities and a healthy eating talk and snack.

Ash Nagar, Operations Manager Thistle Hotel East Midlands Airport said: “It was a delight to be able to welcome the children to our hotel and give them an insight into a successful and vibrant hospitality business. Following a tour of the hotel and facilities, along the way they met some of the fruitful characters that make our business special and unique, such as our Executive Chef, Food & Beverage Manager and Human Resources Manager.

Overall the tour was a success and it was great to have the opportunity to be able to showcase our business to some Hoteliers and Executive Chefs of the future.”

East Midlands Airport focusses heavily on education in the region and has its own onsite education centre, the Aerozone, which is aimed at local schools and community groups. The Aerozone was designed by the airport’s Community Relations department, teachers and group leaders across the East Midlands to create the bespoke education resource, which covers many key stage groups and wide ranging curriculum subject areas.


Published on: 29/04/2013 17:17:55

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