Yet another huge construction project here in the UK!


Now, it is Manchester's turn to get in on the action, taking on a huge £1bn project that will transform the airport into an international hub. Projects like this are beneficial in so many ways, not just for the convenience of travellers. Construction firms benefit, construction workers benefit and the local economy will sky-rocket!

The construction will generate around 1,500 jobs and land workers with a solid, profitable contract that will last for a few years. The new terminal is set to open in 2020, with the whole project, including the demolition of Terminal One and a new car park and access roads, due for completion in 2023.

This is a great opportunity for construction workers and if you are already in the business then you should do some research and find a large-scale project that suits you! Massive constructions need all types of tradesmen from tilers to bricklayers. A construction project is a process, which means no 2 days are the same. Throughout the project, you can be faced with multiple challenges which can keep you on your toes! Although the work can be stressful, it is also extremely rewarding seeing the finished results and knowing that you have given back to the community and the future of travel in this case.

Manchester Airport £1bn Construction


What's new?


"There will be something for everyone, with families able to take advantage of a range of shops and food and beverage outlets to suit all tastes and budgets, while business travellers will be able to take advantage of a host of new world-leading executive lounges."

They plan to increase the entire airport by 150% in size. This will mean a whole lot of new passengers walking around the airport and checking in. To facilitate such an influx of people they have announced that they will need 20,000 more employees! This is necessary to accommodate a projected 10m annual passengers. Furthermore, think of the infrastructure needed to allow that many people to access the travel hub, new roads will be built, a 10,000 capacity car-park is in the works and much more!


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Manchester Airport £1bn Construction


This project came about after statistics showed that there had been a rapid increase in the usage of the airport over the last several years. People were choosing to make international flights from Manchester instead of travelling to a global hub such as Heathrow Airpot, who incidentally are seeing a huge upgrade themselves. For example, Machester Airport saw 1.6 million travellers fly to the United States following their 7th consecutive year of post-recession growth. Overall I think that preparation for the future is the main focus of this recent shift in construction, the need to grow, expand and develop is second to none.

Inspired to get involved with large-scale construction?


If you are already working in a trade and want to get involved with on-site employment then you will need a few things, including an NVQ or National Vocational Qualification, this is necessary and a basic requirement for most sites you will be at as it is a test of your on-site competency and proves that you are a capable worker.

Here at Able Skills, we offer courses that can give you everything you need in terms of preparation for this test, right from the start we will help you to build a portfolio of work and even send out one of our own assessors to your place of work to carry out the said assessment.

However, there is also a fast-track route for those who have been working in the respective trade for 5 or more years! This is known as EWPA or Experienced Workers Practical Assesment, means that instead of us sending out an assessor to your place of work you can come to our training centre and be assessed here by one of our instructors. This is great for experienced and competent workers who happen to not have the qualifications to show for it.

We train students in all types of diffrent trades, if you're looking to take a course with us your best option would be to first check the latest availability on our website select the course you are looking to enrol onto and click 'Reserve your space'. Here is a list of the trades we offer: 

Within each trade, we have a range f different courses, they are dependant on your current skill level and previous experience of the skill, as the courses are designed for specific levels of ability. They different courses act as steps from beginner to professional!

For example, if you have no experience in say Bricklaying. But you would love to learn and get involved with bricklaying, then we would recommend that you first take an Introduction to Bricklaying course then after completing the introductory course then you can move on to take a more fulltime course such as our City & Guilds Bricklaying course which is 6-weeks in total and will give you a complete understanding of the fundamentals of bricklaying, upon completion you will be able to find employment in the field!

Want some more information?


If you would like to contact us here at Able Skills, then you have a few options, firstly you can call us on 08081003245 this is probably the fastest and most effective way to get your questions answered and book a course with us!

Alternatively,  if you would rather speak to a member of staff here at Able Skills in person then you can come down to our centre any time between the hours of 8:30 -4:30, our staff will be happy to help you with any questions you may have or get any problems resolved. We will even show you around our facilities so that you can get an idea of what life would be like training at our facility.

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