Manchester Airport announced plans to open a state-of-the-art education centre on its campus. Called AeroZone, it will launch in the new year and host more than 5,000 pupils aged between four and 18 every year.
Sessions will seek to inspire young people about the wide range of careers they can pursue in aviation, as well as giving them practical advice about how to access employment opportunities and prepare for the world of work.
Cutting edge design and educational technology will be used to link aviation-related activities to the curriculum at the AeroZone, which will be housed in the Airport’s on-site transport interchange. CGI images released today show the layout of the centre, as well as an indication of how each of the classrooms and spaces will look. The design of the centre is heavily influenced by aviation with airplane seats as classroom seating and windows like those found onboard an aircraft. A dedicated “careers wall” will showcase the wide range of careers available in aviation and information and advice about how to access them.
The plans were revealed as the Airport’s parent company – MAG – released its latest Corporate Social Responsibility report, which as well as committing to linking local people to jobs and education, also detailed the group’s on-going commitment to the environment.
Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport, said:
“Manchester Airport has a proud track record of giving back to the communities we serve, through initiatives like our Community Trust Fund, colleague volunteering schemes and our wide-ranging education programme.
“As we deliver the biggest investment in our 81-year history, through our £1bn 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 centrepiece 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.”