In September last year, the Heathrow Skills Taskforce laid down a series of challenges to Heathrow to ensure that communities locally and beyond can make the most of the careers and skills opportunities at Heathrow both now and in the future.
On 31st January this year, Heathrow issued its response.
Heathrow’s response gave a number of commitments, with one particular focus on apprentices and more specifically a Shared Apprenticeship Scheme in Construction. But what does this actually mean and how will it help Heathrow deliver on its ambition to provide 10,000 quality apprenticeships?
Run by the Heathrow Employment and Skills Academy and in partnership with an accredited Apprenticeship Training Agency (ATA), the Scheme is designed to support employers who wish to hire apprentices but cannot commit to employment for the duration of an apprenticeship.
Instead, through the Scheme, employers commit to hosting an apprentice for at least six months, whilst the Academy will work with a wide range of employers and organisations to create innovative ways to move apprentices across the airport. This will support continued employment, enabling apprentices to complete their learning and achieve their qualifications.
It means local people will be given the chance to contribute on exciting Heathrow projects, whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification.
What is the Heathrow Skills Taskforce?
- Set up in 2016 under the leadership of Lord Blunkett, the Taskforce is independent to Heathrow and represents local authorities, trade unions, schools, colleges, universities and the voluntary and private sectors
- The Taskforce was set up to ensure a clear plan is in place to provide the skills required to build and operate an expanded Heathrow
Karis Francis, who started as an apprentice at the Heathrow Employment and Skills Academy three years ago says, “Since starting as an apprentice at the Heathrow Employment and Skills Academy, I have not looked back.
Learning on the job can be transformative and help people discover their passion for a career.
– Karis Francis
Learning on the job can be transformative and help people discover their passion for a career. I wouldn’t be the same person without this programme, and I know others will say the same.”
What are Heathrow’s commitments in response to the Skills Taskforce?
Double the number of apprenticeships to 10,000
Launch a Shared Construction Apprenticeship Scheme with its supply chain
Offer 10,000 work experience days
Require all new suppliers to pay the London Living Wage, phasing out zero hour contracts within the airport’s direct supply chain by the end of 2020
Create new career pathways by offering up to 1,200 work placement days to local T-Level students in construction and digital from September 2020
Find out more about how you could apply for an apprenticeship at Heathrow at www.heathrowacademy.co.uk
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