Paris CDG Alliance lately met its counterparts Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance (USA) on the one hand and the City of Vantaa (Finland) on the other hand in order to discuss about the economic situation observed within their respective airport locations in connection with Covid-19, but also to share the best practices applied in terms of employment and training.
Paris CDG Alliance firstly interacted with the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance teams. Our American counterpart presented the impact of the health crisis on the Atlanta airport area and the actions they took and are currently still taking to deal with it. For example, in order to meet the need to maintain jobs, an online recruitment event was organized. More than 1000 participants were taking part in this event.
Afterwards, Paris CDG Alliance met online the teams from the city of Vantaa who run the Helsinki Airport Area. This videoconference enabled everyone to share their findings following the crisis and present their respective projects in order to maintain jobs. The idea of pooling job security programs was raised.
On the strength of the inventories which were shared, future meetings are planned by the end of the year in order to go further in the reflections and study new areas of cooperation between these structures. Other similar bilateral meetings are planned with our partners from China by the end of the year.
The final report presenting the results of the DREAAM project has been approved by the Erasmus+ Agency. This last stage is closing a two year collaborative work with the consortium partners (Paris CDG and Orly, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt and Maastricht airport areas) and the ARC (Airport Regions Council). This project is coming to an end, but it will continue to shine through its “Employment Best Practices Guide in Airports Areas”. This guide is a compilation of good practices in training and employment in airport places. It allows other airports and local communities to be given the keys to innovate and implement relevant tools that can be transposed to these other territories. This project has enabled its members to learn from the various employment and training actions. This information is valuable and will last over time. They make even more sense today as airport areas are being renewed to deal with the impact of the Covid-19 crisis. The guide was written in English and translated into four other languages (French, Spanish, German and Dutch) in order to promote its dissemination throughout Europe.
The partners of the DREAAM consortium worked in close cooperation and thanks to the special link they established during the implementation of the project, they are ready to seize the opportunity to gather their strength for upcoming projects which promote employment and training in these European airports.