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More than 20 students graduate from Belfast City Airport leadership programme

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Michelle Hatfield, director of corporate services at George Best Belfast City Airport, Rachael Goldring, IGNITE participant for 2020-2021 programme, Cool FM radio presenter Pete Snodden, and Joan Burney-Keatings MBE of Cinemagic

Michelle Hatfield, director of corporate services at George Best Belfast City Airport, Rachael Goldring, IGNITE participant for 2020-2021 programme, Cool FM radio presenter Pete Snodden, and Joan Burney-Keatings MBE of Cinemagic

Michelle Hatfield, director of corporate services at George Best Belfast City Airport, Rachael Goldring, IGNITE participant for 2020-2021 programme, Cool FM radio presenter Pete Snodden, and Joan Burney-Keatings MBE of Cinemagic

Almost two dozen students have graduated from Belfast City Airport’s leadership programme.

The IGNITE programme, a joint initiative between Belfast City Airport and Cinemagic will provide potentially life-changing opportunities for over 100 young people across Northern Ireland over a five-year period.

The first cohort of students who joined the IGNITE programme in 2019 completed twelve months of workshops, work experience and self-development projects and were awarded an NLP Diploma in personal and career development at the graduation ceremony, held at the Maynard Sinclair Pavilion, Stormont Estate.

“At Belfast City Airport, community and education are two core pillars of our corporate responsibility strategy so we are thrilled that our IGNITE programme can combine both to make a real difference in our local community,” Michelle Hatfield, director of corporate services for George Best Belfast City Airport, said.

“The 2019 programme not only facilitated relationship building amongst the course participants themselves but also provided the opportunity for interaction and engagement with several local businesses and key organisations which could have long lasting benefits for all involved.

“This celebration event was a proud occasion, not just marking the achievements of the young people but also witnessing the positive impact the programme is having as a whole.

“These diplomas and accolades are testament to the effort and dedication these young people have given to the IGNITE programme over the past twelve months, but the real valuable takeaway is the new skills they have developed.” Michelle said.

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