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Education Programme takes off

Cardiff Airport has today officially launched its brand new Education Programme. A community-focused initiative that will offer children and young people the opportunity to explore and learn more about life at an airport.

The programme, which has been developed in partnership with education specialists, focuses around a busy one day agenda with staff from all areas of the airport getting involved to lead tours and interactive sessions.

Each visit offers an insight into different areas of the airport operation – ranging from a simulated check in experience with passports, to the airport security process, airfield operations and working with our on-site emergency services.

Aimed at children who are at level Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4 of learning, the new Education Programme is open to schools and community groups like scouts and brownies who are looking for an educational trip with a difference.

A suite of online resources has also been created for the use of teachers and pupils. These resources have been developed in partnership with teachers to bridge the link between airport operations and the national curriculum key stage subjects including English, Citizenship, Geography, History, Maths, Science, and Business-related subjects.

Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport, said: “Today’s launch is the culmination of months of careful planning and effort from the airport team to design a valuable and interactive education programme for young people across the region. We are a key national asset, but we’re also a huge part of the local community, and it is important for us - in line with our values - to include this in the next chapter of our growth.

The staff are enjoying this new programme as it’s a new way to engage with our customers and customers of the future by informing and demonstrating how a busy airport operates on a day to day basis. Who knows, we may even inspire some little ones to work in aviation when they’re older!”

To find out more and to book an Educational Visit to Cardiff Airport, please visit www.cardiff-airport.com/cardiff-airport-education-programme. Visits are available on a fortnightly basis.

Cardiff Airport gratefully acknowledges the input and support of the 12 Community First schools in Caerphilly in developing this Programme, with special thanks to Ian Timbrell, ICT Coordinator, St Gwladys School.