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George Best Belfast City Airport encourages local children to strive for educational excellence. We ensure that through our educational programmes, we help young people develop their skills and attributes for future employment and realise their potentials.

Examples of our education programmes are:

Adopt A School

Sponsored walk with Victoria Park Primary School

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

Time to Read

Time to Read with Holywood Primary School

Three GBBCA employees work closely with selected pupils from Redburn Primary School. One hour per week is dedicated to engaging in a reading exercise, making a positive impact on the self-esteem, confidence, basic skills and communication of the children being mentored.

School Choirs at Christmas

Every Christmas we invite school choirs from the Belfast area to sing carols in the terminal and to add a little festive cheer for all our passengers. 

Site Visits

School tours at George Best Belfast City Airport

George Best Belfast City Airport invites you to learn more about our airport and introduce you to parts of the airport not normally seen by the travelling public. We accommodate over 30 visits per year. The airport also participate in Engineers Week, a week long programme of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering to create a positive awareness and spark enthusiasm about the engineering profession and to raise awareness about engineering as a career for school children.

Work Experience
For your information our Work Experience Scheme is now co-ordinated by the Charter Programme operated by Business in the Community and is open to anyone aged between 14 – 17yrs.

Our work experience scheme consists of a 3 day work shadowing programme (Monday – Wednesday only) within some of the airport’s operational departments and is ideally suited to those interested in pursuing a career within airport operations in the future.

It is Company policy that all bookings for work experience must be booked through your careers teacher in conjunction with ‘Charter.’ It should also be noted that work experience bookings will not be taken from students, parents, relatives, friends or any person other than your careers teacher or a ‘Charter’ work experience coordinator.

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

Your careers teacher in school should contact Joanne Mehaffy, Charter Project Manager directly regarding work experience opportunities at George Best Belfast City Airport, on (028) 90451444 or by emailing Joanne on

Thank you for your interest in our work experience programme.

IOD Scheme

GBBCA also works 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 in a business. The airport is currently matched with one student per year from this programme.