Manchester Airport Jobs Fair

More than 1,000 roles at Manchester Airport will be available to jobseekers at the northern hub’s annual Jobs Fair this month.

Around 25 employers will be represented at the event, which will be hosted at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket stadium on Thursday 12 March from 10am – 3pm.

In addition to Manchester Airport opportunities, there are positions to be filled at Jet2, Swissport and the Clayton Hotel. Expected to be among the range of part-time and full-time roles on offer are vacancies for cabin crew, security officers and baggage handlers. Other positions in a range of fields, from customer service to engineering, will also be available.

Prospective apprentices and graduates will have the chance to discuss the opportunities available to them, with programmes on offer at the airport’s in-house academy and through its graduate placement scheme.

Brad Miller, chief operating officer at Manchester Airport, said: “Our previous jobs fairs have proven to be a very effective way of highlighting the opportunities available at the airport and finding talented people to fill those vacancies, so we’re pleased to be holding this event for a fifth consecutive year.

“The number and variety of positions advertised at this year’s event clearly demonstrates that the airport’s growth is providing a catalyst for job creation, and we are determined that our neighbouring communities will see the full benefit of that.

“More than 12,000 people from Greater Manchester and 3,000 from Cheshire are already employed at the airport and we hope to see that figure continuing to rise as our transformation project moves forward.”

Manchester Airport is already one of the largest centres of employment in the north, with around 25,000 people directly employed on site, supporting a further 45,000 jobs in the region.

This summer will see the latest phase of its £1bn transformation programme become a reality when a major extension to Terminal Two opens, increasing the size of the terminal by 150% and creating 32 new shops, bars and restaurants.

Register here for your time slot between 10.00am and 3.00pm. There is free parking and entry.

150th apprentice for MAN_TP

Manchester Airport’s Transformation Programme (MAN-TP) has taken on its 150th apprentice, meaning it will smash the target set at the start of the £1bn project.

James Heslop, 19, who grew up in Wythenshawe, is the latest recruit to start their career on the project, which is the largest investment ever made in Manchester Airport’s history.

MAN-TP will totally transform the UK’s third largest airport, bringing major improvements to the customer experience in the process.

James secured his new role as a trainee construction manager through a partnership between the airport, construction partner Laing O’Rourke and the University of Salford.

Following his father into a career in construction was always James’ dream, and having enjoyed a week’s work experience at the airport while still studying, he found the opportunity to combine the two was too good for him to pass up.

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Wythenshawe Means Business - Endress & Hauser

Endress & Hauser has had a base in Wythenshawe for more than 50 years. From manufacturing thermal mass meters to bespoke temperature and differential pressure flow solutions – their products are used in process engineering within sectors such as chemical, food production, energy, and water.

Production is centred on headquarters in Germany and Switzerland where core components are manufactured for worldwide production. Plants in Brazil, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, South Africa, USA and UK assemble, test and calibrate instruments and devices – mainly for regional markets.

 History in Wythenshawe

The business was located originally on Southmoor Road with 18 employees. It moved to the corner of Floats Road and Ledson Road in 1980 – the building being affectionately known as the Silver Box due to the colour of its cladding. A new production centre was opened in 1986 and the move to the current site on Floats Road came in 1996. 

Continuous growth led to investment in the current £8m office and engineering facility, followed in 2013 with the addition of the £700,000 training centre which includes classroom space and physical equipment for practical training.

Managing director Steven Endress said: “Being a Wythenshawe-based business is very important to us. We are a family business and want to work with the community and ensure that people have great jobs. About half the work force is from the local area. As a high-end specialist technology company, we have to look for the right people to do the job, but we see the merit in employing local people.

“We hold career progression in high regard and invest heavily into training and development. Our bespoke training centre is primarily to develop our own people, but it also serves customers. It showcases our instruments and explains the future vision of the company – ensuring we have digitally connected devices and that our people are as well-trained as they can be for the benefit of customers.”

Developing future talent

“Our work with local schools and colleges offers not only practical support in terms of sample instruments, computer hardware and software, but also provides an introduction to the industrial workplace and the world of process automation. We believe in working with younger people and engage through various university technical colleges around the north west. Currently we have seven people on apprenticeships. It’s a longer-term plan for us to develop those staff giving them time to step outside the business for further and higher education.

“Staff retention goes hand in hand with training and development. We offer job rotations, so for example our sales director swapped with our services director for a period of time. This means staff get a bit more understanding of the challenges facing those in different roles. There are opportunities for staff to step out of their comfort zone and also to go overseas.”

Endress and Hauser believe that connecting to the community is important and they are members of Business Working with Wythenshawe (BW3). Staff are involved with mentoring at local high schools and helping with mock interviews. Steven added: “We are helping them to see what engineering in the 21st century looks like and are keen to encourage more women into engineering too.“

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Edward Watkin's 200th anniversary

The Watkin Society was formed on 10 September 2019, just prior to the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edward Watkin, builder of the Great Central Railway from Manchester to London.

A plaque in his honour was unveiled at Marylebone station following a sustained effort to gain recognition for Watkin by Geoff Scargill, chairman of the Watkin Society.

One of the aims of the society is to further research Edward’s connection with Northenden, and how he and his father Absolom, invested in their local community. This is being convened by vice chairman, Revd Andrew Bradley, who has a particular interest as the rector of St. Wilfrid's Church in Northenden, where Absalom and Edward are buried.

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New 30m cargo facility

One of the world’s largest air services providers, dnata, has committed to a new air cargo facility at Manchester Airport’s World Freight Terminal. The build to suit premises – to be known as ‘dnata City North’ – are being developed by MAG Property, the property and development arm of Manchester Airports Group (MAG).  

Representing investment of over £30m, the new Grade A 145,000 sq ft high bay facility, will include 20,000 sq ft of office space over two floors. Particularly well situated for ease of airfield access, the new facility will allow dnata to consolidate and grow its Manchester operations with capacity to handle over 150,000 tonnes per annum. 

It will become operational in late Summer 2020 and stands to benefit from the Airport’s ongoing £1 billion transformation programme which in addition to passenger and terminal facilities includes the remodelling of taxiways and additional aircraft stands to accommodate more of the world’s largest aircraft.

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