Birmingham Airport (BHX) has developed an employability programme aimed at helping local people learn more about the range of careers available in the Aviation sector. 

Attended by 30 people, the two-week course in the Airport’s Learning Hub saw the group gain a wide range of Aviation and employability skills, as well as the opportunity to secure a guaranteed interview for roles such as: Aviation Security Officer, Passenger Service Agent, Baggage Handling and Ramp Agent and further roles within the Hospitality and Retail sector at BHX.

The programme was developed in partnership with The Launch Group, which has a proven track-record of working successfully with partners in the aviation industry to design and deliver bespoke pre-employment programmes, specialist training and commercial recruitment services.

As a result of the programme, and following their interviews, several candidates were successful in progressing to the next stage of the Birmingham Airport Security Officer selection process, whilst others await results of their interviews from other employers.

Launch Group Director, Stefan Kizsel, said:

“We’re delighted to partner with Birmingham Airport in delivering this Aviation Employment Programme. It offers each participant a real insight into the world of aviation and the many careers that exist within the industry.

“In addition to the employment prospects of the programme, each completing participant achieves a nationally recognised Aviation qualification and a wide range of employability skills, preparing them for future endeavours.”

Andy Holding, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Birmingham Airport said:

“We are determined that the success of Birmingham Airport is shared by our neighbours and one of the most important ways we can ensure that happens is by connecting local people to the job opportunities which a thriving airport delivers.

“This programme does just that and I’ve been impressed by everyone’s commitment to making it work - tutors, airport staff and not least the participants themselves.”

One of those attending the programme, Chris Tanner, a self-confessed ‘Aviation Nut’ from nearby Ward End said:

“The overall atmosphere has been phenomenal and over the past two weeks I’ve learned so many things. I’m hoping to get one of the Aviation Security Officer roles that will be needed for the new security facility that’s being built. I hope I’ll pass the interview when it comes and be able to keep passengers at Birmingham safe in the future.”


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