Over 6,000 local young people, a new record, were able to get information on careers with over 100 of the biggest companies operating at Heathrow as the airport hosted its 10th annual Jobs and Careers Fair, earlier this week.
Local school, college and job seeker groups who visited were able to talk directly to a wide-range of big brand employers such as British Airways and Ted Baker, as well as former Secretary of State for Education and Employment Lord David Blunkett.
Lord David Blunkett, now the Heathrow Skills Taskforce Chairman, said the event highlighted the wide variety of career and training opportunities on offer at the airport.“
Heathrow’s commitment to deliver apprenticeships, entry-level careers and graduate opportunities is evidenced in the Jobs and Careers Fair, which brings together over one hundred airport employers, all willing to find and grow local talent,” Lord Blunkett said.
“The Skills Taskforce I chair is also helping children in schools today get the skills they need to become the next generation of airport managers, engineers and air traffic controllers, so that they can take advantage of the opportunities created by the airport’s expansion.” – Heathrow Skills Taskforce Chairman, Lord Blunkett
Heathrow CEO: Event highlights “world of opportunity at Heathrow”
Heathrow Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye, who also attended the event, emphasised that the “world of opportunity at Heathrow” represented at the fair is set to grow even larger with the new jobs and apprenticeships expansion at the airport will create.
The Heathrow Jobs and Careers Fair is a chance for young people to see what kinds of jobs are available to start their careers at Heathrow. With over 76,000 colleagues based at the airport, there is a world of opportunity at Heathrow, allowing young people to go as far as their talent and ambition will take them.
– Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye
“With the Government recently announcing its support for expansion, new opportunities are just around the corner. At the airport alone, we will create 40,000 new jobs and 10,000 apprenticeships – and we want to ensure that young people from our local communities can become the pilots, accountants and service professionals of the future”
More about the jobs and careers fair
Heathrow, which already supports one in five jobs in the local area, is working to help its 400 on-site businesses, such as airlines and retailers, to recruit even more apprentices, graduates and skilled workers from the airport’s local communities.
The annual Heathrow Jobs and Careers Fair is the UK’s largest single-day careers event and was first held in 2008. This year’s event was held at the Softel, Heathrow Terminal 5, from 9am until 7pm.
The Heathrow Skills Taskforce is a group of leading figures steering how Heathrow can help children in schools today get the skills they need to work at an expanded Heathrow.