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10,000 apprenticeships with Heathrow expansion

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Heathrow has set out how it will double apprenticeships across the airport to provide 10,000 by 2030 with expansion and a new runway.

As one of the UK’s largest single-site employers, expanding Heathrow would lead to increased opportunities and training, particularly for local young people.

Independent analysis by the Airports Commission put the number of possible local jobs created by expansion at up to 40,000 and we’re working with local communities already to ensure they maximise the benefits.

Apprenticeships at Heathrow with expansion

Approximately 300 apprenticeships are currently started each year across the airport. This number would double with the opportunities an expanded Heathrow would bring.

This would mean 3,000 apprenticeships in the lead up to construction, a further 3,000 during construction, and then another 4,000 during operation until 2030. We will continue to deliver an apprenticeship programme beyond 2030 and will establish our target for this by 2025.

Expansion at Heathrow has the potential to end youth unemployment in the five surrounding boroughs to the airport – Ealing, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Slough and Spelthorne. Youth unemployment currently accounts for a third of total unemployment in the five local boroughs.

More than 76,000 people are already directly employed on site in Heathrow. In the surrounding area, Heathrow supports a total of 114,000 jobs and accounts for one in five (22%) of local jobs.

What is an apprenticeship at Heathrow really like?

Heathrow engineer Grant (pictured, centre) is a local from Surrey who in 6 years has worked his way up from apprentice to Duty Engineer. Here’s what he has to say about being an apprentice at Heathrow.

How did you get into your job and why?

Grant: I joined HAL Engineering as an apprentice after leaving school at 16. I saw the apprenticeship as an amazing opportunity to work for a great organisation, gaining knowledge and experience from on the job training. I successfully qualified four years later, joining T5 Engineering. Two and a half years after that I was promoted to Duty Engineer.

What’s a day in the life of your job really like?

Grant: I work days and nights. Days can be extremely busy, and the morning is normally spent setting the team up for the day and attending meetings. Days are mainly spent being reactive to anything that gets called through on the duty phone. Nights are generally less chaotic- the beginning is spent organising the team to complete the night’s planned maintenance and outstanding faults. Nights are good because I can catch up on all the bits I’ve missed during the days.

Favourite thing about working at an airport?

Grant: Because the airport is forever evolving, no one day, month or year is the same.

Favourite thing about your job?

Grant: Being able to see my work make a difference.

What has been a particularly memorable moment for you while working at Heathrow?

Grant: When I was promoted to manager at 22.

More than apprenticeships

Heathrow already runs a comprehensive set of programmes aimed at investing in young people and providing them with the skills they need to compete in a global market.

The Heathrow Academy offers courses aimed at unemployed local residents and supports the airport’s objective to recruit 50% of all of our colleagues from local boroughs.

Heathrow also hosts one of the largest careers fair in the country showcasing companies operating at Heathrow, with almost 6,000 students attending last year.