Local benefits

Jobs & skills

Heathrow is one of the largest single-site employers in the UK – more than 76,000 people already work at Heathrow, that’s the size of a small town. This accounts for one in five (22 per cent) of local jobs. Overall Heathrow supports a total of 114,000 jobs across the country.

The building of a new runway will create many new quality infrastructure, engineering and construction jobs. This will be one of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects and construction will support the wider UK economy by creating direct jobs locally and indirect jobs nationwide.

With expansion, up to 180,000 new jobs would be created across the UK. Of those, up to 40,000 would be new local jobs. Heathrow has also committed to create 10,000 apprenticeships over the life of the expansion project.

Our figures indicated that expansion at Heathrow has the potential to end youth unemployment in the five boroughs surrounding the airport – Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Slough and Spelthorne. Youth unemployment currently accounts for a third of total unemployment in these boroughs.

The expansion of Heathrow is an exciting opportunity and so we will be working closely with our surrounding boroughs to ensure local residents have the best opportunities and can access the variety of skilled jobs that Heathrow will have to offer.

Skills Taskforce

In preparation for expansion, in 2016 we announced the launch of our new Skills Taskforce. Members of the Taskforce will work with Heathrow to ensure that the right skills and expertise needed to build and operate an expanded airport are identified.

The Taskforce, chaired by Lord David Blunkett, will comprise of 12 members with expertise in employability, education and skills, and young people. Advising the Taskforce will be a group of 15 representatives from education organisations, to ensure their recommendations are consistent with existing curriculums and programmes.

The Skills Taskforce’s will play a key role working with our local borough partners to ensure that as many of the up to 40,000 new local jobs as possible go to those living nearby.

To find out more information about the Taskforce, you can email skillstaskforce@heathrow.com with any questions you may have.


With expansion the number of apprenticeships across the airport will grow to 10,000 by 2030 as a result of the huge increase in jobs at the airport. In the lead up to, during and after construction, there will be a number of apprenticeships opportunities at the airport including:

  • 3,000 apprenticeships in the lead up to construction
  • 3,000 during construction
  • 4,000 during operation until 2030


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