Airport bids to get unemployed back on track

A SCHEME to get more unemployed people back into work has netted Bristol Airport an award.

The airport – alongside food travel experts SSP – ran a special course earlier this year in a bid to teach people skills which will ultimately help them get back to work. And this month the pair were recognised by the Department of Work and Pensions for their efforts.

The two-week course allowed students to learn on the job with candidates given placements at SSP’s airport outlets including Starbucks, Burger King and Caffe Ritazza.

Tom Hack, the airport’s retail manager, said the organisation provides plenty of opportunities for work.

He said: “We are delighted. With around 3,000 staff and 50 companies based at the airport we are able to offer a variety of career opportunities.

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“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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