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User currently offlineBochora From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2008, 491 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 5626 times:

I know there have been several posts on this but I wanted to know what the situation on this was now. Is it possibly to get work experience at UK airports, in specific EDI airport?
Also, does anyone know who I should contact in regard to this? Airfield Ops? BAA? Specific airline?

Thanks

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User currently offlineJrfspa320 From Australia, joined Sep 2005, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 5601 times:

Hi there, i would try and contact the HR dept at the airport. Its very difficult to get work experience at airports. I wanted experience at a London airport about 5 years ago now. I remember the BAA ones wouldnt do anything (so good luck with EDI). Luton and City were able to offer work experience (im not sure if they still do).
I wouldnt bother contacting airlines (i tried, got no where) I imagine the only way would be if you knew someone that worked there.
Well its very hard but you have to keep persisting
Good luck


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19215 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5592 times:

Why not try a handling agent? An offer to work for free might be taken up.


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User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2181 posts, RR: 28
Reply 3, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5584 times:



Quoting Jrfspa320 (Reply 1):
Hi there, i would try and contact the HR dept at the airport. Its very difficult to get work experience at airports. I wanted experience at a London airport about 5 years ago now. I remember the BAA ones wouldnt do anything (so good luck with EDI)

About 3 years ago now I managed to get work experience at LGW with Shell Aviation. Possibly one of the best weeks of my life. A temporary air side pass that gave me the opportunity to re-fuel aircraft on a daily basis (and not just observe, they left 80% of it to me on some occasions).

Think outside the box as it were. Third party companies are probably more likely to give you the opportunities.



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User currently offlineBochora From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2008, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5579 times:



Quoting Pe@rson (Reply 2):
Why not try a handling agent? An offer to work for free might be taken up.

Any ideas who?


User currently offlineEI320 From Ireland, joined Dec 2007, 1437 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5547 times:

ATC would be another option if you had any interest in that. That's what I did for work experience, in Shannon, on the ground and in the tower. Was a great opportunity to get an insight into things.

User currently offlineJER757 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 350 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 7 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5546 times:

EDI will have a few handling agents. I'm almost certain the only self handling airline left there is BD? (Correct my if I'm wrong)

Aviance definitely have a presence handling BA and others. Servisair are also up there. A simple ring to the airport information desk should be able to give you a list.

As Pe@rson said, an offer to work for nothing could be good for both you and them, but don't expect to be doing anything too exciting. Getting an airside pass is becoming more and more of an issue so I wouldn't expect to be wondering through security any time soon (especially if you're under 18!) so the best you could hope for is check-in (if they're willing to train you etc). Having said that getting airside may be worth a shot; get a CRB/Disclosure Scotland check carried out and they might give it consideration.

How about casual summer work? Most of the handling agents will be employing for the summer, although perhaps not to the extent of previous years. You'd get your experience and you'd get paid... a little!

Small regional airports will probably be more helpful. Or how about a local flying club?

[Edited 2009-01-12 16:16:38]


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User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19215 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 5525 times:



Quoting Bochora (Reply 4):
Any ideas who?

Google.co.uk and search for handling agents at Edinburgh Airport.



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