Third apprentice lands employment through George Best Belfast City Airport’s ‘High Flyers Apprenticeship’ scheme

Third apprentice lands employment through George Best Belfast City Airport’s ‘High Flyers Apprenticeship’ scheme


BELFAST, Northern Ireland, 2017-May-25 — /Travel PR News/ — A third Belfast young person has found success through George Best Belfast City Airport’s ‘High Flyers Apprenticeship’ scheme.

Through Swann Training Services, Michael Cullinan joined the programme as an onsite firefighter in November 2016. Already, he has flown through the apprenticeship and completed the majority of his training.

Following the successful completion of the required qualifications, the course will result in full-time employment at the airport’s Fire Service.

Michael will be the third apprentice to land employment within the Fire Service through the programme. He said:

“Employment opportunities across the Fire Service are hard to come by and I was delighted to be given the opportunity by Belfast City Airport to complete my apprenticeship here.

“All of the staff at the airport and within the Fire Service have made me feel so welcome, and I’ve already learnt so much.

“A career as a firefighter has always been a dream of mine, and I would like to thank Belfast City Airport and Swann Training for giving me the chance to make it a reality through their apprenticeship partnership.”

By partnering with local training providers in the Greater Belfast area, the airport’s apprenticeship scheme offers participants a work-based learning placement of up to two years in a vast range of disciplines, such as Business Administration, Hospitality and Catering and Retail.

Paddy Hughes, Station Commander at Belfast City Airport, and Michael’s mentor, said:

“At the airport, we are committed to supporting and investing in young people in order to give them every opportunity available to succeed.

“Our High Flyers Apprenticeship scheme is a great way to give them an invaluable experience and kick-start their careers, as well as providing a real-life insight into a career.

“Michael has come through his Apprenticeship in record timing, and that is a testament to all of the hard work, dedication and skill he has demonstrated so far. These are key traits for a successful firefighter and we are delighted to have Michael on the team.”

Jackie Courtenay, Chief Executive at Swann Training, said:

“At Swann Training, we continually try to enhance the lives of the young people we work with.

“We are so grateful to work alongside Belfast City Airport as part of this Apprenticeship scheme. As one of east Belfast’s largest employers, the position is a fantastic experience for Michael, particularly in such a unique role.

“Through our strong partnership, we have inspired so many young people to get their foot in the door and start a life-long career. We cannot thank Belfast City Airport enough for its vital support and look forward to working with the airport further in the future.”

If you, or someone you know between the ages of 16 and 24, would be interested in the scheme, applications can be made through the airport’s chosen training organisations – Swann Training or Workforce Training.

Source: George Best Belfast City Airport