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News: The sky’s no limit for students at new EMA Academy launched with Nottingham College

join the East Midlands Airport (EMA) Academy
Nottingham College join the East Midlands Airport (EMA) Academy

Nottingham College students with high aspirations will find the sky’s no limit when they join the East Midlands Airport (EMA) Academy through a new partnership being launched this October.

The specialist academy, offering bespoke sector-specific training to around 200 learners a year, is part of a new partnership with the airport. 

The airport is one of the region’s largest and most high-profile employers, supporting around 8,000 jobs and home to the largest dedicated freight hub in the UK. It is part of the new East Midlands Freeport and expects to see jobs grow even further in and around the site, in the coming years.

The college’s innovative new training partnership with East Midlands Airport will provide local people with the skills they need to access the varying careers available within the aviation, tourism and logistics industries.

Learners will be unemployed, or at risk of unemployment, and will attend a three-week intensive programme designed to equip them with the skills needed to take up roles such as ground crew, baggage handling, security, customer service, or roles within hotels, car parks or logistics. In time further opportunities for training could be opened up, helping to ensure that local people can access the full range of jobs and careers on offer.

We’re excited about this new partnership, which establishes improved links between the region’s largest college and East Midlands Airport, an economic powerhouse for the region. We’re keen for local people to take up the wide range of opportunities at the airport, and the Academy helps us to do that by providing an approved pathway to employment. 

Providing and strengthening these links with our local communities is an important part of our Corporate Social Responsibility agenda, something we take really seriously. It extends to being a good neighbour to our surrounding communities with a renewed Noise Action Plan and reaching the £2m milestone in Community Fund grants, as well as continuing to take action towards being a net zero carbon airport by 2038

EMA’s Group Head of Education, Skills and Employment — Marcella M’Rabety

This partnership responds directly to the local skills needs of one of our region’s most esteemed employers. As a college it’s our job to bridge the gap between employer and future employee, through high quality, responsive and industry-sponsored training and development. 

With this partnership we will be directly supporting over 200 local people a year into meaningful employment and a career in which they can continue to develop and grow. We’re absolutely delighted to be working with East Midlands Airport and feel proud to have been chosen as a training partner to deliver to their needs. 

Executive Director for Employer Services at Nottingham College — Lisa Wilson

Nottingham College, operating across ten sites in the Nottingham city and county areas, is one of the largest colleges in the UK, with well over 20,000 students a year. It provides hundreds of young people with skills and training across the tourism, aviation and hospitality industries and now this new partnership will strengthen its offer to adults too.

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  • 17th October 2023 (1:17 PM)
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