Ten young people from Dreamscheme Northern Ireland attended Belfast City Airport recently for a behind-the-scenes tour, advice on career opportunities in the sector and even a visit to the airport’s Fire Station.
The event is the first of two that the airport’s Community Fund has pledged to support for the organisation, with a panel night set to be hosted in the airport later this year.
Paula Bittles, Executive Assistant at Belfast City Airport, addressed the young people and outlined the wide variety of career possibilities that are available in aviation. They also heard from Rory Goldring of the Airport Fire Service.
Stephen Mullan, Operations Manager at Dreamscheme NI, said:
“Our group really enjoyed their tour of the airport, and many were surprised at the large amount of career opportunities available.
“At Dreamscheme, our dream is to help transform young people’s lives by providing them with inspiration, hope and opportunity. Through support from local businesses like George Best Belfast City Airport, we can show our young people what is out there.
“Businesses speaking to employees in this way has a massive impact on our young people and our dream wouldn’t be achievable without the support of businesses like Belfast City Airport.”
Dreamscheme helps at-risk young people aged 13-18 years by encouraging active, positive citizenship through providing a wide range of positive work projects and educational sessions, alongside personal support and mentoring.
Paula Bittles, Executive Assistant at Belfast City Airport, said:
“Through our Community Fund, we are able to forge really strong relationships with our local community organisations, charities and schools. We are so passionate about empowering young people and encouraging them through every opportunity possible.
“It was great to have the Dreamscheme NI group with us – they hadn’t realized how many roles there are to be fulfilled in an airport and enjoyed the backstage fire station tour! It was a pleasure having them and we look forward to welcoming them later in the year for their panel night.”
The Airport’s Community Fund has invested over £330,000 in local groups, charities and schools since its inception in 2009. It also provides a Work Experience programme, Firefighter placement for secondary school pupils and educational site visits to the airport.