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    • Belfast City Airport partners with Windsor Women's Centre

      Wednesday 14 Dec 2011

      George Best Belfast City Airport has begun an innovative partnership with a South Belfast charity aimed at enhancing employment opportunities for local women.
      The airport has facilitated one work shadow placement request from the Windsor Women’s Centre and hopes to accommodate several more throughout 2012.

      Yelena Clatworthy moved to Belfast from Russia several years ago to build upon her existing skills and accountancy experience with the ultimate goal of securing permanent employment in the near future.

      This week saw the end of Yelena’s 6 week placement within the airport’s Finance Department and she said of the experience:

      “Finding employment whilst settling into a new country, speaking a different language and looking after my young daughter has been a very difficult experience.

      “But thanks to my placement at Belfast City Airport, I am now confident and ready to look for permanent employment in Northern Ireland.

      “Real experience of working in a different country is exactly what I needed to move forward with my job search.”

      Stephen Patton, Senior Human Resources Executive at Belfast City Airport said:

      “The airport is committed to working with the local community and this will continue throughout 2012 when we hope to facilitate up to 3 work shadow placements through the Windsor Women’s Centre.

      “Our community activity planned for 2012 will build upon the activity carried out in 2011 and will include educational site visits, work experience programmes, adopted schools, charity days and of course our Community Fund – details of which can all be found on our website.

      “Our partnership with the Windsor Women’s Centre aims to provide opportunities for women to gain vital skills and experience in the workplace that will increase their prospects of meaningful employment, hopefully, in the near future.

      “Yelena has been a valuable asset to our Finance department the past 6 weeks and I’m delighted she has also found the experience so beneficial. We wish her all the best in the future and look forward to developing our relationship with the Centre in 2012.”

      The Windsor Women’s Centre, situated in the ‘village’ area of South Belfast, aims to provide vital services and support for women from areas of social or economic deprivation.

      Satya Roberts, Multicultural Group Facilitator, at the Windsor Women’s Centre said:

      “The partnership with Belfast City Airport has had a very positive impact on the Centre and certainly Yelena and her family.

      “We look forward to continuing our work with the airport over the next 12 months and will continue to develop our support network encouraging women to gain skills, qualifications and most importantly have an opportunity to experience an actual work place.

      “Windsor Women’s Centre delivers a tailored programme of education and training supported by childcare, advice, counselling and work placement opportunities for women.

      “We would encourage other employers to follow the example of Belfast City Airport and support women by providing valuable work experience opportunities.”

      Stephen Patton, Belfast City Airport with Yelena Clatworthy, Windsor Women's Centre