Gatwick Completes First Programme To Provide Employment For Local Residents

 Wednesday, June 27, 2018 


Gatwick AirportFourteen unemployed residents from Crawley and Croydon have completed London Gatwick’s new programme to help them gain employment at the airport, primarily in baggage handling and retail based roles, while a further four people are currently awaiting final interviews.



The ‘One Destination Employability’ programme provides a three-week course for candidates to gain general skills and training required to work for one of the many employers based at the airport. The course also includes completing skill based volunteering with the airport’s charity partner St Catherine’s Hospice and some extra modules delivered by the Gatwick Airport training team.



Gatwick has partnered with local job centres, Employ Crawley and Croydon Works to select suitable candidates for the programme who are then enrolled onto the course which is made up of modules chosen by a pool of employers. These cover everything from working as a team to time management and health & wellbeing in the workplace.



On completion of the programme candidates are awarded a Level 1 certificate in Employability from the Northern Council for Further Education (NCFE), which is a nationally recognised qualification. Further courses are also being launched for residents in West Kent and Brighton in the coming months.



Gatwick Airport and other businesses on the Gatwick campus directly generate £1.6 billion in the local economy and 24,000 jobs. The airport’s impact in the Gatwick Diamond area – including supply chain activity and spending in the local area – rises to £2.3 billion and 36,000 jobs. This is around 10% of the total economic activity in the Gatwick Diamond area, and one in every 12 jobs.

Gatwick’s employment and skills programme also includes headline sponsorship of this year’s Big Bang Fair South East in Ardingly on June 27 and 28. The event is the UK’s biggest regional celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to help raise its status as an aspirational career path among young people.



Gatwick’s Head of Community Engagement, Alison Addy, said:

“We are pleased to have helped a number of local people get back into full time employment and provide them with the skills necessary to succeed in a career at Gatwick.



“As one of the largest employers in the region, Gatwick is fully committed to providing the job opportunities and training required for a wide range of roles at the airport.”



Croydon Works Manager, Adhnan Ahmed, said:

“Our main aim is to work with residents who are either struggling to find employment or are looking to progress on from their current role, so the key to our success is employers who are invested in our vision and are able to offer us a wide range of roles. So we were really excited when Gatwick contacted us about the employability course dedicated to Croydon residents.



“It’s great because it allows us to send residents from all backgrounds without having to go through the traditional recruitment process, which some residents may struggle with, while offering genuine sustainable jobs on completion. Its exciting times for Croydon residents and we look forward to continuing this successful relationship.”



Sherene Campbell from Croydon said:

“Starting the course was a direction worth taking. It has allowed me to find my inner strength and taught me to truly believe in myself no matter what lies ahead. Throughout the entire process I was fortunate enough to meet some great people and a tutor who had supported me all the way. I cannot wait to do my best and am very enthusiastic and eager to start work for World Duty Free. Thank you for this opportunity.”


Source:- Gatwick Airport

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