Heathrow Academy celebrates eleventh year and saving taxpayers £8 million
The Heathrow Academy has saved the government’s benefits bill about £8 million through its work filling the skills gaps and giving local people in jobs over the eleven years of its operation said Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye last night.
- 11th annual ceremony celebrated 82 apprentices graduating this year
- Over 5,000 local residents placed into further training and 3,188 found work so far due to Heathrow Academy
- Heathrow Airport has directly contributed more than £4 million to skills and training at the Academy
Local MPs and councillors joined CEO John Holland-Kaye to celebrate Heathrow Academy’s latest cohort of 82 apprentices and the success of the Academy over the past eleven years.
Heathrow Academy’s dedicated team of recruiters, trainers, assessors and mentors provide local people with the training and support to get into work at the airport.
11 years on…
In the 11 years since the Academy was established, over 5,000 local residents – from school leaving age upwards – have been placed into further training opportunities and more than 3,188 have been placed directly into work at the airport.
In total, over 76,500 people are employed at Heathrow, equal to one in five jobs in the local area. Over half of the people who work at Heathrow live in the five local boroughs – Slough, Spelthorne, Hounslow, Hillingdon, Ealing – closest to the airport.
10,000 apprenticeships with expansion…
Heathrow Airport has invested over £4 million in the growth of the Academy, and has ambitious plans for its future. Should Heathrow expansion go ahead, the airport has promised to offer 10,000 apprenticeships over the course of the expansion project.
Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye said his aim is that a future Chief Executive of Heathrow will come from one of our local communities.
“The Academy gives an opportunity for talented local people to fulfil their potential, through one of the many amazing careers open to them at Heathrow,” John Holland-Kaye said.
My aim is that a future Chief Executive of Heathrow will come from one of our local communities – and their journey may well start at the Academy.”
Case study: Hounslow’s Roslyn Alabaster
Roslyn, who is based in the London Borough of Hounslow, joined Carluccio’s in 2013. Shortly after, her Manager suggested an apprenticeship to help her develop in the role.
Roslyn explains, “I was a single mum when my two daughters were growing up, so I focused on doing the best for them and neglected myself at times. To be honest, I’d given up on achieving my own dreams and aspirations, but after joining Carluccio’s, I knew the time was right to do something positive for me, and make my daughters proud.”
Carluccio’s Regional Operations Director, Russel is an advocate of the Heathrow Academy and understands the value apprenticeships can offer his employees. Roslyn studied an Apprenticeship in Team Leadership and she believes the process changed her for the better. “The whole experience was like rediscovering the old Roslyn.
It’s hard to explain but it has made me feel so much braver and happier” she says. Shortly after completing the qualification, Roslyn was promoted to Team Leader and she’s working towards the next step in her management career with the continuing support of the Heathrow Academy apprenticeship team.
“I can’t thank the Heathrow Academy enough for the opportunity. They’ve supported me when I’ve not felt confident and given me the self-belief I needed to get my apprenticeship! I really enjoy the interaction I have with my customers – it’s a unique place to work at Heathrow and you really do meet some incredible people.” – Rosyln
Roslyn says: “I can’t thank the Heathrow Academy enough for the opportunity. They’ve supported me when I’ve not felt confident and given me the self-belief I needed to get my apprenticeship! I really enjoy the interaction I have with my customers – it’s a unique place to work at Heathrow and you really do meet some incredible people. I’m excited by what the future holds!”