Bristol Airport awarded for helping unemployed

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Bristol Airport, together with SSP – who are airport food and convenience specialists – have won a government backed award for their support towards a new programme that helps unemployed adults get back to work.

The BETEC Customer Services Award, which is part of the government funded Work Skills programme, aims to provide unemployed adults with the skills and qualifications they need to return to full time employment.

As part of the programme twenty unemployed adults were invited onto the course by Job Centre Plus South West, and ten were subsequently offered full-time positions within SSP’s business at Bristol Airport.

Olly Swayne, Business Development Director for SSP Air (UK) comments: “Having established a strong working relationship with Job Centre Plus in Bristol over several years, and having recently launched our own NVQ Apprenticeship programme at Bristol Airport, this initiative enabled SSP to highlight the possibilities for continued learning and personal development, and real career options, within the retail catering industry.”

Tom Hack, who is Retail Manager at Bristol Airport comments: ‘Bristol Airport is delighted to support this joint initiative. With around 3,000 staff and 50 companies based at the airport we are able to offer a variety of career opportunities.

“The award recognises the team work involved in providing local unemployed people with the additional skills and experience needed to be successful in the world of work.’

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