Students Soar with East Midlands Airport

Bondholder East Midlands Airport has launched a unique partnership with fellow Bondholder Derby College to showcase the wide range of career opportunities available to students and create a talent pipeline of potential job candidates for the company. 

Derby College is one of the few colleges in the UK to run Aviation Operations study programmes at its Roundhouse campus.  The programmes are specifically geared towards progressing young people into careers in the growing industry.

Colleen Hempson, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at East Midlands Airport, said: “East Midlands Airport is committed to working with young people, highlighting the diverse opportunities available in this industry and supporting them in their career aspirations.

“We opened our Education Centre several years ago which welcomes over 3,000 young people every year.

“The Derby College students came on several visits last year and were a huge help in meeting and greeting people who attended our ‘Big Job Fair’ last January and we’re looking forward to them doing the same at the next one.

“It soon became clear just how different these young people were.  They look and act in a very professional manner and have a greater level engagement and interest in this industry.

“As well as supporting young people this makes good sense for our business – developing a talent pipeline for the short, medium and longer term.”

April Hayhurst, Derby College’s Deputy Principal - Employer and Economic Affairs, added: “This is an amazing opportunity for our students and we are extremely grateful for the commitment shown by East Midlands Airport.

“We work with nearly 3,000 employers across a wide range of industries who provide all kinds of support from work experience and site visits to guest lectures and mentoring.

“These forward-thinking businesses and organisations recognise that, by developing students’ work skills and attitudes, we can support individuals into jobs and address skills shortages in the workplace.”