John Holland-Kaye at the Heathrow Academy graduation ceremony
The academy saw 143 young people graduate last year, the highest number in its 13-year history.
Over 100 apprentices celebrated their graduation with local business leaders, MPs and airport colleagues at the 13th annual Heathrow Academy Graduation and Awards Ceremony last week.
The spotlight was shared by 143 graduates that took to the stage to receive honours for courses ranging from business administration to retail.
The event was held at the Sofitel Terminal 5 to celebrate the efforts of individuals and employers that have committed to working with Heathrow to recruit, retain and develop dedicated and enthusiastic teams.
Since 2004, Heathrow has contributed over £7.8m to the Heathrow Academy, saving the government’s benefits bill over £9.5m by bringing together Heathrow, our businesses partners, local employers and a range of service providers to help individuals to get into work.
So far, the Heathrow Academy has helped over 3,600 local residents find work, 5,800 advance into further training and over 1,500 into apprenticeships.
Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye, said: “Heathrow is one of Britain’s most important assets, and its success is absolutely bound to the quality of talent working at the airport.
“I am proud to be awarding a record number of graduates this year, testament to a growing and passionate airport community that are keen to build quality careers with us.
“We remain on track to create a bigger, better Heathrow and deliver a once-in-a-generation boost for our local community in a way that ensures local people get the greatest benefits.
“With up to 180,000 jobs and 10,000 apprenticeships to be created with expansion, we have a huge opportunity to end youth unemployment in our local boroughs and commit to continuing to work with our local partners to help realise this ambition.”
Heathrow is the economic driving engine of West London and the Thames Valley, supporting one in five jobs in the local area. The Academy offers apprenticeships in business administration, customer service, hospitality, logistics, management, retail and team leadership from entry to advanced level.
Ealing Southall MP, Virendra Sharma, said: “It was a real honour to join my constituents in celebrating their success and to hear more about their journeys. The Heathrow Academy performs a vital role for our local area, providing new opportunities, fresh starts and upskilling local residents from all backgrounds and abilities to achieve their full potential.”
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