Adopted Schools of Belfast City Airport


Adopted Schools


The adopted schools programme aims to utilise the expertise of the business community for the enrichment and improvement of the education provision in Northern Ireland. Participation will enable schools to become more efficient and business-like in their approach and excellence is promoted in schools. Students in turn are encouraged to become life-long learners, to become socially responsible citizens and meaningful participants in a culturally diverse world.

GBBCA has adopted three schools within the local area and enjoys a close relationship with Victoria Park Primary school, St Joseph's Primary School and Mitchell House School.


Time To Read Initiative



Our 'Time to Read Initiative' is offered within school time in a group environment where local business people read on a one-to-one basis with children, supporting their reading progress and giving them an insight into the world of work. 

In conjunction with Business in the Community the Airport has linked up with a number of local schools including St Matthews Primary, Holywood Primary and most recently, Knocknagoney Primary.  


School Choirs at Christmas


At Christmas time each year, Belfast City Airport invite school choirs from the Belfast area to sing carols in the terminal building and bring a little festive cheer to all our employees and passengers.


Educational Site Visits


Each year, George Best Belfast City Airport  accommodates over 20 educational visits.  Our educational visit programme is ideally suited for secondary school age and upwards Educational Site Visitsand includes a presentation in our Conference Centre with one of our Management Team followed by a brief tour of our Terminal Building including areas such as the Airline Tickets Desks, Check In and the Airport Information Desk. 

To book a visit to the airport please contact Paula Bittles, Executive Assistant either by phone or email via the contact details below:

Telephone: (028) 90935003
Email: paula.bittles@belfastcityairport.com



Work Experience


GBBCA operates a Work Experience programme consisting of a 3 day work shadowing placement from Monday to Wednesday.  The Airport accommodates up to 60 students each year. Our Work Experience Scheme is now co-ordinated by the Charter Programme which is operated by Business in the Community and is open to anyone aged from 14 to 17 years of age and is ideally suited to those interested in pursuing a career within the Aviation Industry.

All requests for work experience should be made by contacting Joanne Mehaffy, Charter Project Manager on 02890 451444 or by emailing joanne.mehaffy@bitcni.org.uk Requests for work experience must be made by the School Careers teacher.  Please note requests for work experience will not be taken from students, parents, relatives, friends or any person other than the School Careers teacher.

The Airport is normally only able to take one student from any one school per week and unfortunately is unable to offer placements during public holidays or the months of July, August and December.


IOD Scheme


Belfast City Airport also work closely with the Institute of Directors in conjunction with their director shadowing scheme. This scheme aims to give young people the opportunity to learn first-hand about the role of a director or leader in a business. The airport currently facilitates one student per year from this programme.