Manchester Airport’s transformation project is set to leave a lasting legacy for the local population and economy.
Thirteen suppliers have signed a pledge that is committed to delivering 150 apprenticeships through the airport’s £1 billion transformation programme, which will see the airport benefit from a super-sized terminal, high-tech security, enhanced retail opportunities and increased passenger traffic.
The principal contractor, Laing O’Rourke has sustained 34 apprentices on the project, all of whom are from the Greater Manchester area. In addition, 69% of the entire workforce on the project live within a 35-mile radius of the site.
“We’re wholly committed to this project having a lasting legacy in the local area,” said Laing O’Rourke’s project director, Bryan Glass. “We’ve set ourselves ambitious targets and have made a positive start so far. Today has been about building on that and working with our supply chain to ensure they have the support and guidance they need to deliver apprenticeships through their work on their programme,” he continued.
Building a workforce for the future
With work on the scheme expected to ramp up over the summer months, a special apprenticeships programme has been set up to ensure that new businesses joining the team are aware of the benefits apprenticeships can bring to their business.
Representatives from Trafford College Group are also on hand to offer their expertise and support on how businesses can recruit new apprentices, as well as guidance on the opportunities and potential barriers employers may face when recruiting trainees.
Commenting on the new scheme, Andrew Cowan, CEO of Manchester Airport, said:
As well as producing an airport that our passengers and partners can be proud of, it’s hugely important to us that our transformation programme creates lasting benefits to all of our region.
As work continues at pace on the scheme, it’s great to see so many of our contractors signing up to our apprenticeship commitment.
I look forward to seeing apprentices from a diverse range of backgrounds working on site in the weeks and months ahead.