Celebration for skills academy

Fri 13 December 2019, 2:16 pm

An education and skills centre at Heathrow which has helped thousands of people into work has celebrated its 15th anniversary.

The Heathrow Employment and Skills Academy has had more than 5,800 people pass through its doors to find jobs since it was formed in 2004, contributing more than £13.5 million to training and career development.

To mark this year’s anniversary, an Academy Awards-style ceremony was laid on at the Stockley Park Golf Club in Hayes to celebrate the latest crop of 87 graduates which have finished their training.

Guest speaker for the November evening was Reggie Nelson, who shared his inspiring story of door-knocking in wealthy parts of London for careers advice.

This year also marked the Heathrow Academy’s signing of the Care Leaver Covenant, which is aimed at helping young people leaving care to find their way into employment.

Paula Stannett, Heathrow chief people officer, said: “For 15 years the Heathrow Employment and Skills Academy has been providing local people with bespoke opportunities to make positive and lasting changes to their lives. Through training, advice and emotional support, the Academy has equipped people with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace and fulfil their potential.

“As one of the biggest employers in the community, providing thousands of local people with careers not just jobs, Heathrow is committed to continued long-term investment in the Academy, to ensure that our future airport is built, operated and managed by local talent.”

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