Didsbury pupils inspired by women in aviation on International Women’s Day

Pupils from a school in Didsbury enjoyed a day at Manchester Airport on Friday (8 March), learning about careers in aviation from female airport colleagues.

The International Women’s Day visit saw a group of 30 pupils from Parrs Wood High School meet airport staff in the AeroZone educational facility before taking a tour of the new Terminal 2.

More than a dozen colleagues from a wide variety of roles took part in question and answer sessions (Q&As) with the pupils, including women working in airport security, airfield operations, procurement, hospitality and community engagement, in addition to colleagues from partners DHL and Greater Manchester Police.

The pupils also had the chance to explore AeroZone’s interactive education zones and try their hand at some of the jobs they heard about.

In the afternoon, a Terminal 2 tour was led by Jane Daintith, the head of terminal operations, who explained what goes into keeping a busy airport terminal running smoothly and outlined the improvement work taking place as part of the airport’s £1.3 billion transformation programme.

Marcella M’Rabety, head of education, skills and employment at Manchester Airports Group, said: “It was a privilege to welcome Parrs Wood High School pupils to the airport for the day and offer some insight into the wide variety of career opportunities available at a major travel hub such as this one. 

“This is all part of our vision to empower women to seek out the roles and careers that they want to go for, while ensuring that those careers are accessible for all and that we provide a welcoming and inclusive environment.”

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