Education & Jobs

Belfast International Airport gives young people ‘vision and values’ for the future

Handling four million passengers every year, and with an employee base of 170, Belfast International Airport (BIA) is Northern Ireland’s Principal Airport and the second largest gateway on the island of Ireland.


With over 200 companies employing over 4,000 people at its Antrim-based site, BIA believes that its dedication to providing the best airport experience secures its lead position as the gateway for business and leisure travel.

What Belfast International Airport did

BIA recognises that its business could not operate as effectively without the support and commitment of its employees and communities it serves. Following an employee engagement survey the airport launched its ‘Vision and Values’ programme in 2014 with the aim of creating meaningful partnerships and relationships with its employees, airport community and external community.

The programme led by the Managing Director placed specific emphasis on education-themed initiatives to help support the development and guidance of local young people as this a key area of interest highlighted by employees. The airport began by creating links with primary and secondary schools alongside third level education providers to help achieve its goal of promoting careers within the airport, providing advice on responsible travelling and giving employees unique volunteering opportunities.

Work experience programmes, involvement in Business in the Community’s Time to Read initiative, school partnership programmes, airport tours, mentoring, and interactive workshops are just some of the activities the airport has invested in.

Key impacts and outcomes

  • 800 pupils from 40 schools involved in airport tours initiative
  • 18 children supported through Time to Read programme
  • 15 work experience placements offered
  • Staff development days provided for over 150 teachers
  • 90 employees from all areas of the business engaged in activities
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