Airport education centre gets off to a flying start

Local schools, groups and colleges from the communities surrounding the airport will soon have the opportunity to take part in a unique learning experience.

Aerozone, the airport’s onsite education facility was launched on Friday 14th May 2010 in an official ceremony. The specially designed learning centre, situated in a dedicated building next to the terminal, is the ideal location for groups to visit the check in hall and arrivals area to enhance their study topics.

Anna Thomson, Community Relations Manager commented on the launch of the zone: “We are delighted to be opening the Aerozone at East Midlands Airport, after having worked towards it for many years. Our aim is to open young people’s minds to the excitement of working for an airport, whilst giving them an interactive place to learn. We wanted to allow the students to see the theory of what they learn in the classroom, put into practice.”

Students will be offered an exclusive taster of airport life; including job roles, environmental projects and airport operations. The airport is teaming up with service partners from across the site to provide further learning opportunities.

Groups visiting the Aerozone will have use of the airport’s bespoke education resources, which cover many key stage groups and wide ranging curriculum subject areas. All education resources have been developed in partnership with Innovate Educate Limited, a curriculum education specialist company, whose aim is to improve and develop communication between education and business.

Sustainability is high on the airports agenda with significant importance placed on the community relations strategy, which heavily focuses on education. By working in partnership with airline partners and external companies, East Midlands Airport is well placed to offer the local communities a tailored learning experience and help students identify jobs for the future.

Anna continued: “We are fully committed to working with our local community and supporting education across the region. We hope to give young people more opportunities to develop their skills and learn about a local business.”

The launch was celebrated with a head to head challenge with airport colleagues and students from Castle Donington Community College in a battle of airport and scholarly knowledge. Following a series of gruelling challenges, the students came out on top and walked away as the challenge champions.

For more information on the Aerozone, interested parties should contact the Community Relations team on 01332 818414 or email

Published on: 17/05/2010 15:09:20

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