Our involvement with Business in the Community NI’s Business Class programme continued last week with a visit from forty teachers from two Belfast schools, Corpus Christi College and St Rose’s Dominican College.
The day began with an overview of the airport, what it does and the jobs carried out on-site, followed by a tour of the site, covering check-in, the viewing gallery, air traffic control, operations and our Fire Station. The teachers were also able to see, first-hand, the businesses and retail outlets which operate on-site - again, with a view to looking at career options for their pupils.
The teachers were able to ask our employees about qualifications, training and careers - and also about the logistics of how prospective employees would get to and from the airport and how much the airport contributes to the NI economy through tourism and jobs, both direct and through our on-site businesses.
Corpus Christi Principal, Mr Frank Maskey was one of those present and said: “When we go on holiday, we never think of the number of jobs which go on behind the scenes in an airport. With the increase in jobs being announced at Belfast International Airport in the past few weeks, it is my hope that our pupils will certainly consider careers within the tourism industry.”
Jaclyn Coulter, our Human Resources Manager, said, “This visit gave the teachers a chance to ask questions which they, in turn, can use to inform their pupils about job prospects in Belfast International Airport and in our on-site businesses and retail outlets, which are here to support the tourism industry. Nothing beats practical experience and we hope the schools’ pupils will look towards the airport for career options.”
Also on the visit was Grace McCallion, Acting Principal of St Rose’s. Ms McCallion commented saying: “it is up to teachers to point pupils towards career options and this visit has shown us the wide range of careers an employer such as Belfast International Airport offers. We will also ensure that the academic qualifications of our pupils puts them in good stead for applying for jobs such as these."