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George Best Belfast City Airport encourages local children to strive for educational excellence. We ensure that through our educational programmes, we help young people develop their skills and attributes for future employment and realise their potentials.

Examples of our education programmes are:

Adopt A School

Sponsored walk with Victoria Park Primary School

This programme aims to utilise the expertise of the business community for the enrichment and improvement of the education provision in Northern Ireland. Participation will enable schools to become more efficient and business-like in their approach and excellence is promoted in schools. Students in turn are encouraged to become life-long learners, to become socially responsible citizens and meaningful participants in a culturally diverse world.

GBBCA has adopted two schools within the local area and enjoys a close relationship with the newly amalgamated Victoria Park Primary school of Strandburn Street and St Joseph's Primary School of Holland Drive.

Time to Read

Time to Read with Holywood Primary School

Three GBBCA employees work closely with selected pupils from Redburn Primary School. One hour per week is dedicated to engaging in a reading exercise, making a positive impact on the self-esteem, confidence, basic skills and communication of the children being mentored.

School Choirs at Christmas

Every Christmas we invite school choirs from the Belfast area to sing carols in the terminal and to add a little festive cheer for all our passengers. 

Site Visits

School tours at George Best Belfast City Airport

George Best Belfast City Airport invites you to learn more about our airport and introduce you to parts of the airport not normally seen by the travelling public. We accommodate over 30 visits per year. The airport also participate in Engineers Week, a week long programme of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering to create a positive awareness and spark enthusiasm about the engineering profession and to raise awareness about engineering as a career for school children.

Work Experience

GBBCA provides work experience to students across Northern Ireland working with between 35-40 students per year, providing 15 hours per week of meaningful work experience. Each student will have the opportunity to spend time work shadowing within a number of departments including:-

  • Air Traffic Control
  • Airport Fire Service
  • Airside Standards (primarily dealing with airfield safety)
  • Flybe Ticket Desk

IOD Scheme

GBBCA also works closely with the Institute of Directors in conjunction with their director shadowing scheme. This scheme aims to give young people the opportunity to learn first hand about the role of a director in a business. The airport is currently matched with one student per year from this programme.

Please contact Paula McFarland on 028 9093 5003, or email should you be interested in any of the above educational initiatives.