East Midlands Airport wins local impact award

East Midlands Airport has been successful in achieving a Local Impact Award in the 'Work Inspiration' category as part of Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards at a ceremony on Thursday 13th June 2013.

The airport was awarded the title for its dedication to inspiring young people across the East Midlands region through a number of programmes designed for the workforce of the future. The Inspiring Young People programmes focus on three main areas; work experience, the airport's dedicated on-site education centre, the Aerozone and a school attendance scheme.

The work experience programme at the airport concentrates on a variety of areas to suit the aspirations of students and maximises the opportunities students have when visiting the airport. The programme which is available to students aged 15 and over and lasts for one week, is designed to provide an insight into working life at the airport and is split into two key areas; Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and travel and tourism.

The Aerozone is the airport’s on-site education centre, which offers a range of exciting opportunities for school, college and community groups of all ages. The centre was created to offer young people a creative, innovative and interactive experience when learning and offers ready-built and bespoke educational packages, covering Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), Geography, Travel and Tourism, Business Studies and Environment. Within the Aerozone is a new fun and interactive element, East Minilands, which replicates the passenger journey through the airport and gives the students the chance to try their hand at some of the jobs at the airport.

The airport's school attendance scheme is a project that supports schools in the area to improve attendance throughout the academic year. This is delivered through a reward system and supported by colleagues from both the airport and the many business partners on site.

Jessica Gilbody, Community Relations Manager East Midlands Airport said: “To have been recognised by Business in the Community is a tremendous achievement for the airport. As a major employer in the region, we are committed to working with our local community and supporting education across the region. Our aim is to give young people more opportunities to develop their skills and learn about a local business.”

Commenting Stephen Howard, Business in the Community’s Chief Executive said: “The Responsible Business Awards shine the spotlight on an aspect of business that very rarely gets much public recognition – and that is its ability and willingness to truly transform lives, communities and society for the better. Our Local Impact Award achievers are at the heart of driving genuine change within local communities. I congratulate East Midlands Airport for this achievement. We hope their example will inspire many more businesses in the East Midlands to put responsible behaviour at the heart of how they do business.”

The Responsible Business Awards are the UK’s longest-running and most respected corporate responsibility awards set up to champion and raise awareness of the best examples from across the UK of business making a positive difference. The Local Impact Awards specifically celebrate companies and individuals who are creating local impact in their community, through initiatives such as volunteering and inspiring young people with work placements.

Published on: 14/06/2013 16:42:05

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