The airport leads the way in boosting the north west economy

The £1bn Airport Transformation Programme – the largest infrastructure scheme in the north is set to create up to 1,500 jobs. The airport’s on-site academy has joined forces with main contractor, Laing O’Rourke, to deliver a specially-tailored course for those wanting to work on the scheme.

The first cohort of students, has secured roles working on the transformation. All live locally and were out of full-time work before being given the opportunity to work on this project.

Overseeing the first graduation was Manchester Airport’s CEO Andrew Cowan, who said: “I congratulate them on passing their course and securing a job with Laing O’Rourke.

“Our investment in Manchester Airport will give the north the world class international gateway it deserves. But it will also do a huge amount to boost the regional economy by creating jobs, tackling local unemployment and driving up skill levels, ensuring the transformation leaves a legacy.”

Recruitment is continuing for other regional positions, and an early careers event held in February at the Forum, focused on more apprenticeships and placements for young people in trades such as carpentry, and digital engineering, for projects across the north west:

  • The MIF Factory – a cultural venue being created in the city centre
  • Sir Henry Royce Institute – a centre for advanced materials research and commercialisation
  • Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD)
  • Metrolink – Trafford Park Line

More than 200 people attended the event, with nine potential employers and training organisations advising.

Approximately 30 new applications have been received by Laing O’Rourke for the apprenticeship vacancies advertised since the event, and several of the other businesses have since held interviews with candidates they met at the event.

Laing O’Rourke is recruiting for apprenticeships in electrical installation, heating and ventilation installation, plumbing, formwork carpentry, steel fixing, and scaffolding.

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