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Inspiring Young People - Work Experience

Work Experience

The airport is a diverse, fast paced and truly exciting workplace and we have great pleasure in inviting numerous students to join us for an action packed week each year.

The 2018 Programme

The 2017 programme is now closed. 

For 2018 programme will offer two programmes: Travel and Tourism and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

Both programmes are mainly observational, however students may be assigned small projects (information gathering and research, written pieces etc) to help them gain an understanding of how the departments work together to make the airport operate. This will give students plenty of time to ask questions, and an understanding of some of the many varied roles that are available at East Midlands Airport.

Placements at the airport are limited and highly sought after, so if you are interested in applying for a placement please read the guidelines below:

The deadline for ALL APPLICATIONS for our 2018 programme is Friday 15th December 2017.

  • Applicants must hold a valid passport or the placement cannot go ahead.
  • Students must be 15 years of age or over at the time of their placement.
  • Placements are geared towards Year 10 requirements.  However older students may also apply.  This opportunity is for students aged 15-19 living in the East Midlands area.
  • Priority will be given to schools and colleges nearest the airport, as well as students from our partner schools, Castle Donington College, Bemrose School in Derby and Farnborough Academy in Nottingham.
  • The airport can accept two students per month, one for each placement type.
  • The placements are available between February and December 2018.  Please ensure that you tell us which week you’d like your work experience to take place.
  • Applications must be received by 15th December 2017 in order to be considered.
  • Please note students are responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses.
  • Students will be required to arrive at the relevant department on time and appropriately dressed. A detailed timetable will be supplied to successful applicants.
  • Please use the correct postage for your application envelope.
  • Please ensure your application is legible and your email address is clear and correct.

Programme One - Travel and Tourism

The 2018 programme will include time in a variety of departments that may include Flight check-in and boarding with Swissport, Car Parks Meet & Greet, Airport Security, Hospitality with Escape VIP Lounge and Frankie & Benny’s Diner, Jurys Inn Hotels and     Passenger Services.

Programme Two - Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

The 2018 programme will include time in a variety of departments that require skills in Technology, Engineering or Maths, which may include Airport Police, Terminal Engineering, Air Traffic Control, Car Parks Meet & Greet, DHL Freight and Logistics Operations, Vehicle engineering and maintenance.

What you need to do

Please complete the new 2018 application form to be considered – you can download it here

The deadline for our 2018 programme is Friday 15th December 2017.

If you are completing the form by hand please ensure that your handwriting is legible, and please make sure your email address is clear and correct, as this is how we will be contacting you.

You can email your application to or post it to: Community Relations Work Experience Programme, Building 34, East Midlands Airport, Castle Donington, Derby, DE74 2SA.

What happens next?

Shortly after the deadline we will be in touch to offer you an interview. Please ensure you tell us which week you’d like your placement to take place as this will determine when your interview will take place.

Our work experience programme is very popular with lots of students across the Midlands. The interview process gives everyone a fair chance to put themselves across.  In addition students gain valuable interview experience.

2018 Work Experience Application Form

Please complete the new 2017 application form to be considered

Click here to download the Work Experience Application Form 2018

Please submit your completed application form by 15th December 2017 to:

Community Relations
Work Experience Programme
Building 34
East Midlands Airport
Castle Donington
DE74 2SA

Tel: 01332 818414


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