First learners complete EMA Academy course


The East Midlands Airport Academy has welcomed its first learners since partnering with Nottingham College, providing them with a direct route into the aviation industry.


Earlier this year, EMA and Nottingham College announced a new partnership at the on-site Academy offering tailor-made pre-employment and upskilling training for around 200 unemployed or low-income adult learners a year and existing employees.

The two-week courses are free and take place on-site at EMA, covering a range of topics including an introduction to the aviation industry, customer service and team work and aviation terminology, to equip them with the skills needed to take up various careers that are available at EMA.

Fifteen learners have become the first to complete the course, during which they were taken on an airside tour, took part in mock interviews and given support to apply for roles in the airport including help with CVs, covering letters and five-year checkable history. They heard from guest speakers from, Swissport, DHL, Leonardo’s Hotel, and Boots, as well as EMA’s HR, Security and Assisted Travel teams.

Marcella M’Rabety, Group Head of Education, Skills and Employment for EMA’s owner Manchester Airports Group, said: “We are pleased that 15 learners have completed our first course with Nottingham College. They have been given skills and support towards gaining employment on site at EMA and have heard from a range of employers. We are really grateful for our on-site businesses attending the course to talk about roles, job opportunities and inspiring our learners to find work at the airport.

“Our next course is 15th January which will include attending the Jobs Fair on Wednesday 17th January. We can’t wait to welcome more learners on site.”

No previous qualifications are needed, but applicants must be over 19, have lived in the UK for at least three years and not be studying on another course, as well as earning below £20,319 or claiming benefits.

Anyone fitting the eligibility criteria can register their interest with EMA’s Academy Team at airportacademy@eastmidlandsairport.com