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      Thursday 08 Aug 2013

      George Best Belfast City Airport is celebrating after receiving three prominent awards in just a matter of weeks for its hugely successful community and employee initiatives
      The airport has been named winner of the ‘Local Community Impact’ award at the annual Business in the Community ‘Impact Awards’, the winner of the ‘Employer of the Year’ award at the WorkForce Annual Training Awards and Highly Commended in ‘The Right Place to Work’ at the Irish News Workplace and Employment Awards.

      The success comes just months after the launch of the ‘George Best Belfast City Airport High Fliers Apprenticeship Scheme’, which offers young people in the greater Belfast area the chance to gain expertise and skills in a vast range of disciplines.
      Michelle Hatfield, Director of HR and Corporate Responsibility at the airport, said the awards are testament to their outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility strategy:

      “It was an honour to be recognised by three prestigious organisations as a local business that is doing the right thing with, not only our employees, but also within the community in which we operate.

      “We are fully committed to supporting the local community with an emphasis on young people and schools, and have embedded corporate responsibility into mainstream business practices across the organisation.

      “Employees, from all levels of our business, regularly offer their time to fulfil commitments made to the community and maintain our strong relationships with local groups and schools in the area.

      “I am delighted that the time and support our team invests in reducing the impact of our operations on the environment, whilst supporting and encouraging the local community, has been highlighted and rewarded.”
      Airport employees have invested over 2,000 salaried hours annually into community initiatives such as the Community Fund which offers community groups and projects the chance to apply for funding and has supported over 60 local initiatives since its inception in 2009.
      The judges of the Business in the Community ‘Local Community Impact’ award said they were:

      “Impressed with the strategic and innovative approach taken by George Best Belfast City Airport and believe it had been on a corporate responsibility journey, learning at every stage and putting young people at the heart of what it is trying to achieve.”

      Michelle Hatfield continued:

      “As well as winning the Business in the Community Award, we also received the top prize as ‘Employer of the Year’ at the WorkForce Annual Training Awards for recognition of our ‘High Fliers Apprenticeship Scheme’.

      “The judges praised us for our comprehensive and professional programme and in particular the time and support we invest in taking our young people through their learning experience and preparing them for full time employment.

      “Our fantastic team invest a lot of time in providing our apprentices with a variety of tasks and projects. They are great mentors for the young people that join us at the airport and I know it is hugely rewarding for all involved.”

      For further information on the airport’s Corporate Social Responsibility strategy and the Community Fund, which provides local community groups and projects with funding, please visit

      The airport also operates Facebook and Twitter channels to answer any additional queries.

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