George Best Belfast City Airport

George Best Belfast City Airport, situated at the ‘heart of the city’, is a regional airport catering for 2.7 million passengers in 2016. Hear from George Best Belfast City Airport about its responsible business practices and why it won the NI Responsible Company of the Year 2017 Award.


Corporate Responsibility is at the heart of what George Best Belfast City Airport does, and its CR policy sets out its clear commitment to enrich and support the local community, to protect the environment, to invest in its people and to help young people realise their aspirations.

What George Best Belfast City Airport did

George Best Belfast City Airport operates a number of employability programmes designed to support children and young people on their journey through education, from Primary One age right up to 24 years old, both in mainstream education and those with special needs.

Aware of the issue of youth unemployment in the local area, George Best Belfast City Airport launched a High Flyers Apprenticeship Scheme in 2013 to offer 16-24 Year olds the opportunity to gain work experience and develop skills in a range of disciplines while studying for a NVQ qualification.

Supporting the skills developed and career prospects of unemployed people in the local community is at the heart of many of George Best Belfast City Airport’s projects, including its other initiatives such as work experience, graduate placement opportunities and career site visits.

Conscious of the difficulties faced by young offenders in finding employment, George Best Belfast City Airport has partnered with Hydebank to support young people as they return to society by providing them with onsite training workshops and employability skills.

George Best Belfast City Airport has also developed an initiative called ‘Adopt a School’ to help enrich the education system in Northern Ireland aimed at developing better links between business and education sectors.

Impacts and Outcomes

  • 100% success in former High Flyers securing full-time employment
  • Reached approximately 2,200 pupils across 61 schools with educational initiatives in the past two years
  • 60 students facilitated for work experience and 20 visits annually
  • Employee engagement – 93% of staff recommend GBBCA as a great place to work
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