Our work with local schools and colleges
We regularly work with local schools and colleges to help raise awareness about airport careers and inspire our next generation!We also support educational visits to the Airport to showcase the variety of job roles available and help young people planning their own future careers. Read on to see the full range of our work within the local community.
Work experience is an increasingly important part of a young person’s preparation prior to leaving full time education. Bristol Airport recognises the valuable role businesses can play in providing work experience opportunities. The nature of the Airport and the security restrictions governing access to airside areas can make it difficult to offer full access to young people on a short term basis. For this reason, in 2016 we will be providing a tailored work experience programme to family and friends of Bristol Airport staff, giving something back to our employees that have supported the work experience programme over the years. As part of this we will work with schools in the local catchment area Chew Valley, Churchill, Backwell or Nailsea.
We take our responsibility as a local employer and supporting education in the local community very seriously we do our best to get involved and support as much as we can. The nature of the Airport and security restrictions governing access to airside areas makes it difficult to provide a visit.
We work with a number of local schools in the Winford, Wrington, Backwell and Churchill areas with staff providing talks and an overview of life at the airport and the variety of job roles available on their doorstep. For other schools and colleges, information is available on the website on the airport as a business, history, career opportunities, plus destination and cultural information on over 100 destinations available from Bristol Airport.
‘Fly on the Wall’ days
The Airports Engineering team have hosted a ‘fly on the wall’ shadowing opportunity for a local tutor from Norton Radstock College to help provide him with a real insight into the role so that he is able to share a more accurate picture of the industry when communicating with his students. This was a real success and something we are looking to explore further.
Getting out and about
Our Rescue and Fire-Fighting Service (RFFS) visit local schools and events throughout the year to raise fire awareness and the importance of first aid training, sharing lots of their skills and knowledge. Local parishes have also benefited from this, with training provided free of charge following a fund-raising event organised by local residents to install a defibrillator in a nearby village.
The RFFS also attended an Emergency Responders Day in Weston-Super-Mare which attracted around 10,000. At the event the crew showcased one the Airport’s fire vehicles and its impressive capabilities.
Bristol Airport regularly attends careers fairs across the local community. We havealso worked alongside our Business Partner companies to host a series of careers fairs on-site. These have given people the chance to come and see the wide variety of roles we have here at the airport. They have been a great success and are something we are hoping to continue in the future