Heathrow Academy hosting apprenticeship event on September 1


By Heathrow

Published 31st August 2017

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Looking for an apprenticeship and a career? Join us at the Heathrow Academy apprenticeship event on September 1st! Full details below.


Friday 1 September 2017,  9.30am – 12.30pm


Heathrow Employment & Skills Academy, Newall Road, Hayes, Middlesex TW6 2AP

What to bring:

Please bring a valid passport and work permit (if required). Original documents only, photocopies not accepted.

What’s on offer:

Retail Apprenticeships – Customer Service and Team Leading
Hospitality Apprenticeships – Team Member, Kitchen Apprentice and Commis Chef


To enrol on an Apprenticeship programme you must:

  • Be 16 years of age or older
  • Not currently be in full time education (at school, college or university)
  • Be an EU resident and have been for 3 or more years
  • Hold a valid passport or work permit
  • Have a five-year checkable history (all periods of employment, unemployment, education or travel)
  • Commit to be on an Apprenticeship programme for at least one year

General enquiries contact:

T: 020 8759 5978
E: community@heathrowacademy.co.uk
W: heathrow.com/academy

Heathrow has awarded funding and support packages to 20 SMEs from across the UK to encourage them to export their goods or services to new international markets as part of the World of Opportunity grants programme with the Department for International Trade and Plaza Premium.

• Heathrow to fund 20 SMEs’ trade missions, trade shows and foreign market research in partnership with the Department for International Trade’s ‘Exporting is GREAT’ Campaign

• Products SMEs are looking to export include beauty products, organic beets, puncture-proof tyres and ice cream taste-tested by Royals

• New YouGov research reveals 50% of British SMEs already exporting are looking to increase the destinations they export to in the next two years; the same timeframe that crucial Brexit negotiations are taking place.

Working in partnership with the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) ‘Exporting is GREAT’ Campaign, SMEs will receive £2000 each to fund trade missions or to research global markets of their choice.

Through the ‘World of Opportunity Programme’ they will have access to personalised advice from a DIT International Trade Adviser and a Plaza Premium lounge pass to begin their trip in style as they depart from Heathrow.

Some of the successful SMEs in the ‘World of Opportunity Programme’ include:

  • Little Ondine, a London-based company looking to export its toxin-free, odourless, peel-off nail polish to Dubai.

  • Northern Ireland’s Glastry Farm Ice Cream which, having been tried and tested by the Prince of Wales, will look for consumers in the hot temperatures of the United Arab Emirates.

  • Airboss, which wants to export its unique puncture-proof tyres from its base in Cheltenham to the United States.

SMEs in the programme are also exporting British services, including:

  • The British Association of Snowsport Instructors, based in Scotland, will exhibit at the World Winter Sports Expo in Beijing with the funding it has been awarded.

  • Bristol, Plymouth and London-based architects AWW will be going to the Philippines on the Green Energy Technology Trade Mission.

What is the World of Opportunity programme?

The ‘World of Opportunity Programme’ was open from June 16 – July 14 of this year. Over 290 applications were received and the winning entries were chosen by a panel of experts including Heathrow Chairman Lord Deighton, DIT’s International Trade Adviser Keith Moses and Daily Express Small Business Correspondent Maisha Frost.

The ‘World of Opportunity Programme’ is part of a plan to guarantee British businesses benefit from the economic opportunities provided by Heathrow, the UK’s only hub airport.

In addition to this Programme, for the past 20 years Heathrow has run a successful series of Business Summits, giving SMEs the opportunity to engage directly with members of the airport’s supply chain and find out more about the opportunities that exist at the airport and around the world.

So far, an estimated £93.4 million of new deals have been won as a result of the partnerships formed at the Summits and 2017 marks the first year where Heathrow’s Business Summits have been rolled out across six UK regions.

50% of SME decision makers want to expand their export destinations in the next 2 years, YouGov reveals

The winners of the ‘World of Opportunity Programme’ are announced as a new YouGov survey revealed today that 50% of decision makers from British SMEs who currently export, say their business wants to increase their export destinations in the next two years until 2019; when Article 50 negotiations are due to complete.

A further 41% of current exporters want to continue exporting as they are in this time-frame.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said, “As the UK’s gateway to the world and its biggest port by value, Heathrow is essential in getting British goods and services to international markets. From beauty products to specialist tyres, snow sport instructors to architects, Heathrow and the Department for International Trade are boosting the growth of a unique mix of British goods and services.”

With the ‘World of Opportunity Programme’, we are showing the world the breadth of talent and opportunity from all across the nations and regions of the UK. Demonstrating that, once again, Britain’s gateway is open to business.

– Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye

International Trade Minister Mark Garnier said, “The UK has some of the most innovative and ambitious small businesses that have helped exports increase by 11.4% over the last year.”

“It’s clear the potential to export our goods and services is out there and as an international economic department, we will support businesses through partner schemes like this with Heathrow and our international campaigns including Exporting is GREAT to make the most of opportunities as we leave the EU.”

– International Trade Minister, Mark Garnier

The full list of successful SME applicants:

  • Storksak Ltd and Bags That Work Ltd London
  • KYMIRA Sport, Reading
  • SofMat Ltd, North Lincolnshire
  • Appen, Pynes Hill, Exeter, EX2 5AZ
  • Magic Mirror Ltd, Bristol
  • pampeano, Oxford
  • Little Ondine Ltd, London
  • Tomlinson Hall & Co. Ltd, Billingham
  • The Urban Worm CIC, Nottingham
  • Reid Lifting Limited, Chepstow
  • Love Beets, Ely
  • BASI, Grantown on Spey
  • Tacit Simulations Ltd, Milton Keynes, UK
  • Airboss Tyres Cheltenham
  • Durbin plc, United Kingdom
  • Farah Qureshi Jewellery
  • Glastry Farm Ice Cream Limited, Newtownards, Co Down
  • AWW Architects London, Bristol and Plymouth
  • Garden of Ideas Ltd
  • Micropore Technologies Ltd; Teesside

More from Twitter:

Heathrow recorded its best-ever single month in its history in July with over 7.53 million passengers travelling through the UK’s hub airport during the summer getaway period.

Breaking all previous monthly records, the 7.53 million passengers in July was a 1.2% increase on 2016 and equated to an average of 243,000 passengers, or the equivalent of the population of Plymouth, every day.

Complementing this passenger growth, was a record breaking 15% increase in trade through Heathrow with 143,000 tonnes of cargo travelling through the airport in July.

American Airlines boosted cargo volumes by a huge 44% driving growth in trade with North America (+16%) while East Asia saw a 14% uplift on the back of strong growth to China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Middle Eastern passenger loads increase and domestic routes record 5% growth

Middle Eastern destinations were particularly popular for travellers as fuller aircraft led to a seven per cent increase in passengers to the region, while more flights to Brazil pushed up passenger numbers to Latin America by three per cent.

Heathrow Airport, Emirates A380 on taxiway, June 2016.

UK destinations saw five percent passenger growth on the back of recently launched Flybe flights to Scotland.

This summer also saw Heathrow introduce new travelling friend ‘Little Miss Explorer’ to its tiniest travellers. Alongside Mr Adventure, the travelling duo launched a new augmented reality app to entertain children travelling with an interactive treasure hunt across the airport.

Meanwhile, Heathrow continues to work closely with airlines and has made good progress towards meeting the Government’s challenge to deliver expansion with charges close to current levels, while delivering all local commitments and the global connections Britain needs.

Britain’s global gateway is hard at work this summer holiday season – July was the best month in Heathrow’s history. With more passengers than ever and trade growing at the fastest rate ever recorded, Heathrow is helping Britain show the world our country is open for business.

– Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye

Heathrow’s biodiversity engineers are in a flutter after uncovering what is the 3,000th species – the Box Tree Moth – known to be living in the 170 hectares of biodiversity lands the airport manages.

Why and how Cydalima Perspectalis, more commonly known as the Box Tree Moth, came to reside at the airport is still to be discovered. However, there is some speculation that the collection of fine silks and cashmere in offer at the terminals may have attracted the white winged friend.

Warned off by terminal security, the creature currently resides within landside areas of the airport, where Heathrow actively manages 13 sites for nature conservation, including four areas that are open for the local community to enjoy. So far this year 210 new species have been found, 146 of which have been mostly various types of moths, flies, bugs and higher plants.

First recorded in Britain in 2007, this highly adaptable creature has since slowly spread to colonise south east England, but is still not all that common. The caterpillars feed on Box bushes and it is likely that the moth will occur anywhere near to where these are grown, most of which are ornamental. The Box Tree Moth is one of 540 moth species discovered at Heathrow.

Matt Gorman, Heathrow Director of Sustainability, said, “Heathrow looks after more than just planes and runways – we have a huge interest in looking after smaller winged friends. This discovery marks a major milestone for Heathrow’s biodiversity team who manage a species count more than treble of that of the London Zoo’s.”

Identifying, protecting and fostering our native species is an important part of our plan to enhance the area around the airport for the benefit of everyone who lives there.

– Heathrow Director of Sustainability, Matt Gorman

Heathrow is a proud founding supporter of the Colne Valley Park Community Interest Company, providing valuable habitats for protected wildlife as well as important community facilities. The airports approach to biodiversity has earned Heathrow the Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark Award, the only UK national award recognising responsible land management, for nine years in a row.

Through ongoing management of our landholdings, and in partnership with local and regional partners, Heathrow’s sustainability strategy – Heathrow 2.0 – is helping to improve connectivity between green spaces around the airport and protect biodiversity.

With expansion, Heathrow plans to enhance and add to existing green spaces, ultimately creating a 15-mile green corridor. This will provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a unique publicly accessible green space for local residents and wildlife to enjoy.


By Heathrow

Published 2nd August 2017