Manchester Airport joins forces with local businesses to support MP’s Apprenticeship fair


·       Wythenshawe and Sale East MP Mike Kane hosts Manchester Airport-backed Apprenticeship fair

·       Exhibitors including Manchester Airport, Amazon, Manchester United and Timpson talked to people about Apprenticeships

·       Event also supported by business charity BW3 which supports young people in Wythenshawe

Hundreds of young people got to hear about the opportunities to do Apprenticeships in their local area through a Manchester Airport-backed event hosted by MP Mike Kane.

The Labour MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East hosted an Apprenticeship Fair at Wythenshawe Forum on Thursday, February 8, bringing together learners and some of the area’s biggest and most exciting employers.

Prospective Apprentices heard about the opportunity to do placements at event sponsors Manchester Airport and Timpson as well as Bethell Construction, SSP, the Manchester United Foundation, Amazon and others.

The event was jointly organised with business charity BW3, which was founded more than 20 years ago to connect companies wanting to support the economic and social wellbeing of Wythenshawe.

Apprenticeships offer people of all ages the opportunity to learn on the job while also gaining a highly respected qualification – and get paid at the same time. There are different levels of Apprenticeship, with some being equivalent to a master’s degree.

Manchester Airport talked to people at the event about the range of Apprenticeships it runs, including in Corporate Social Responsibility and engineering.

Wythenshawe and Sale East MP Mike Kane said: 

"Taking the first steps on your career - or even changing direction when you've already started out - can be really daunting. But here in Wythenshawe and the surrounding area we're lucky to have a whole range of exciting employers offering innovative Apprenticeships.

"That's why I take great pride in hosting this annual apprenticeship fair in partnership with Manchester City Council and BW3 - because it brings these organisations and the people who could benefit from the opportunities they offer together.

"So whether you're an aspiring engineer who wants to work at one of the country's biggest airports here in Manchester or you want to learn about the business of football through the Manchester United Foundation, or you need an organisation like Timpson to help you learn how to run a business - you can find the right Apprenticeship for you.

"I'm grateful to Manchester Airport and Timson for helping make this event a success, and to all the exhibitors and people who attended today."

Adam Jupp, Communication DIrector at Manchester Airport and chair of BW3

"We’re really proud to serve the people of Manchester and the North – but that goes far beyond helping them travel.

"Manchester Airport is one of the region’s biggest and most exciting employers – and we want to make sure people in the area are able to benefit from having the airport and all the opportunities it offers on their doorstep.

"We met lots of young people at the fair, and knowing that we could be about to help them take the first steps on a rewarding career is very exciting. We thank Mike Kane for putting on the event and wish all those that attended the best of luck with their future Apprenticeships.”