BOCHORA
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Work Experience In UK Airports?

Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:06 pm

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?

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jrfspa320
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RE: Work Experience In UK Airports?

Mon Jan 12, 2009 3:09 pm

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.
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RE: Work Experience In UK Airports?

Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:09 pm

Why not try a handling agent? An offer to work for free might be taken up.
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RE: Work Experience In UK Airports?

Mon Jan 12, 2009 5:53 pm



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.
 
BOCHORA
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RE: Work Experience In UK Airports?

Mon Jan 12, 2009 6:46 pm



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

Any ideas who?
 
EI320
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RE: Work Experience In UK Airports?

Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:35 pm

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.
 
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RE: Work Experience In UK Airports?

Tue Jan 13, 2009 12:15 am

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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RE: Work Experience In UK Airports?

Tue Jan 13, 2009 8:54 am



Quoting Bochora (Reply 4):
Any ideas who?

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