NEW Exciting Placements For Manchester Airport Internship

Posted on the 27th September 2019

Sparks will fly on our Manchester Airport Supported Internship this year – in a good way of course. One of our interns will be learning to weld!

His work placement is just one of the great opportunities secured by Pure Senior Employment Officers Lisa Griffiths and Sarah Osborne. Fresh from their success in securing so many paid jobs last year,  they have sourced an even wider range of work placements for 2019-20. (See last year’s group pictured above)

Hands On Work Experience.

Our internship placements are always tailored to the abilities and aspirations of individual interns. This year two of the fifteen were very keen on engineering and mechanics. Enquiries were made at the airport’s Motor Transport Department and true to form, the airport delivered! After all the relevant assessments, two placements were offered.

One is in the Mechanical Workshop, assisting and learning to check that vehicles, as diverse as snow ploughs and scissor lifts, are safe and maintained in a similar way to an MOT. The second, in the Fabrication Department includes sheet metal work and yes, welding.

It is great to work with such supportive employers especially when placements so often turn into offers of paid jobs. This is because managers get to see that the interns really can master the roles, as well as contributing great attributes and a fantastic work ethic.

They become popular members of their teams and employers benefit from having a work force that better reflects society.

Lisa Griffiths - Pure Senior Employment Officer

Valued Partners

Our internships are usually a partnership between a host employer, a college providing an employability qualification and a council. In this instance our partners are Manchester Airport Group, The Manchester College and Manchester City Council.

Progressive employers who  offer work placements are vital to the process. They provide life changing opportunities for the interns to learn new skills and  prove their value in the workplace; interns like Carl.

Carl’s Story

Carl, who has autism, would rarely leave his room before joining last year’s internship. He was very anxious about his surroundings and had never travelled independently. Now he has a paid job with TRG  restaurant at the airport  as a Kitchen Porter – and he travels to work independently.

Other job successes – all at the airport – are:

  • Jordan  – trolley operative
  • Briley – catering assistant  at Burger King
  • Jerome – cleaning and maintenance of trains for Mitie
  • Luke – retail assistant at JD Sports
  • Luke – (yes there were two!) catering and bar assistant at The Kabin Bar
  • Ben – catering assistant at Greggs
  • Rachael  – catering assistant at The Spinning Jenny

You can read about just how much having an airport-based placement meant to Rachael even before she got her job! (picture below) Just click  here.

Supported Intern Rachael in hi-vis jacket at Manchester Airport

Pure Supported Internships work!  In addition to the Manchester Airport site we are also at:

Check out the links to find out more or check our general Supported Internships page.


As mentioned, we love to hear from progressive employers who think they could offer a work experience placement to a young person. Our employment officers and job coaches provide all the  necessary support.

For more information please email Neil Willows:

Tel: 07712 390656


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