Manchester Airport have announced that they will be opening a new on-site education centre at Manchester Airport to help provide learning for children surrounding the topic of how an airport works.
AeroZone is an initiative, ‘MAG Create’, created by MAG to bring both local communities and their local airport together. The scheme looks to offer local children between the ages of 4-18 the opportunity to understand more about the logistics of airport operations and the career opportunities that Manchester Airport has to offer.
CEO of Manchester Airport, Andrew Cowan, said: “Manchester Airport has a proud track record of giving back to the communities we serve. As we deliver the biggest investment in our 81-year history, through our £1 billion transformation project, it is only right that this also marks the start of an exciting new era for our CSR programme. AeroZone will form the centre piece of that and I am sure it will prove to be an engaging and inspirational education space for students of all ages. We are committed to bridging the gap between education and the world of work and I am grateful to all the partners we are working with on this exciting project.”
The facilities will be located in the heart of the airport and will also feature partnerships with job centres and skills academies, which by collaborating together aims to equip communities with the skills to take key jobs at airports in the future.
Neil Robinson, CSR director at MAG, said, “As we look to the year ahead, we are more determined than ever to ensure that the benefits of MAG’s success are shared and I am proud of the way that we play our part in providing opportunities for all’, particularly where there are areas of inequality and deprivation around our airports. That is why we are extending our successful Aerozone concept to Manchester.”
The centre will welcome more than 5,000 pupils annually, yet is not their first attempt to educate young people at the airport. Their extensive efforts benefitted over 15,000 pupils in 2018 offering work experience, internships, STEM masterclasses, in-school sessions and classroom materials.