Heathrow celebrates National Apprenticeship Week 2017
It’s National Apprenticeship Week and we’re celebrating Heathrow’s long history of creating apprenticeships across a wide variety of fields. We’ve taken a look at some of the amazing numbers and facts behind Heathrow’s apprenticeship programme – as well as some of the success stories. Enjoy!
Did you know Heathrow’s Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme has been running since 1977? Since that time our apprenticeships programme has expanded to feature a wide range of areas, welcoming over 2,000 apprentices across the Airport in the last 40 years.
Fast facts about Heathrow’s engineering apprenticeship scheme
- Since it began, the scheme has trained over 470 apprentices;
- 97% of the apprentices, who have completed their 4 years of comprehensive training, have been offered permanent positions;
- 130 apprentices have been taken on in the last 10 years alone;
Fast facts about the Heathrow Employment & Skills Academy apprenticeships…
- 1,632 apprentices have completed training between 2004 and 2016;
- Apprenticeship areas include management, hospitality, HR, logistics and construction, business admin, customer service, ground handling, retail, aviation and team leaders;
- 98 apprentices completed their training in 2016.
Kenna Hamilton – Heathrow, PODs Engineering
Kenna moved from Glasgow to London several years ago to start her Heathrow career as an engineering apprentice. Today, Kenna is part of a 7 strong team based near Terminal 5 that maintain and repair our fleet of 21 PODs (these are driverless vehicles that transport passengers between Terminal 5 and parking facilities).
“Its very hands on and a great buzz to fix things,” Kenna explains while applying new parts to a Pod on its routine check up.
“Working at a airport where people are coming and going, you feel like your helping them get away, being part of something bigger. Nothing stays the same here”
“The career paths at Heathrow are good, I would like to be working in APOC (Airport Operations Centre) as an Air Side Engineer someday.”
Kenna is part of an increasing number of women working in various engineering departments across Heathrow.
Scott Berry – World Duty Free
Before coming to the Heathrow Employment & Skills Academy, Scott worked as a Service and Sales specialist. While he enjoyed the role, he didn’t feel he was getting the opportunity to develop, so he applied for a position with World duty Free at Heathrow, was successful and started in June 2012 at Terminal 5.
Following a month’s induction, Scott had his first contact with the Heathrow Employment & Skills Academy, when he completed a language and cultural awareness course in Mandarin. After just four months in role, World Duty Free invited him onto a six-month Trainee Leader course.
“It was exactly what I was looking for,” explains Scott.
“They are really focused on training and the management team were all really interested in my development.”
After working his way through he course, Scott was unfortunately unsuccessful at the final presentation stage. Despite the set back, Scott saw it as a learning opportunity, saying, “It was a bit of a knock but I realised I Hadn’t put enough time and effort into preparing my presentation. That taught me a valuable lesson.”
Shortly after he enrolled on a level 2 Team Leading Apprenticeship through the Academy.
“I took every opportunity I could through the Apprenticeship to develop my leadership skills, and once I’d completed my Apprenticeship I went back to work and passed the presentation, being promoted to a Team Leader.”
Scott has since completed a Level 3 Management Apprenticeship, and is now a proud Ambassador on behalf of the Heathrow Employment & Skills Academy.
Heathrow’s National Apprenticeship Week celebration…
Yesterday, we held an apprenticeship celebration event at the Heathrow Skills & Employment Academy headlined by guest speaker The Rt Hon. Lord David Blunket, ,a former Secretary of State for Education and Employment.
Attendees were able to hear first hand from some of our young stars, all former apprentices, including Scott Berry (featured above).
Significantly, Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye has also invited companies around the airport to pledge increased numbers of apprenticeship creation.
We’re proud to be supporting National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW2017)! Find out more about the Heathrow Academy and the apprenticeships on offer – here.