PUPILS’ HEATHROW CHAL­LENGE

Heathrow event lets young­sters build their own Ter­mi­nal 5

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Steve Bax steve.bax@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

AL­MOST 2,500 stu­dents across west Lon­don took part in the eighth an­nual Heathrow’s Sec­ondary School Chal­lenge last week.

It was held in 15 dif­fer­ent schools in neigh­bour­ing bor­oughs to the air­port, in­clud­ing Eal­ing, Houn­slow, Hilling­don, Slough and Spelthorne.

Dur­ing the half-day event, on Tues­day, April 27, Heathrow en­gi­neer­ing ap­pren­tices helped stu­dents build their own n ver­sion of the Ter­mi­nal 5 Track Tran­sit Sys­tem m (TTS), the train that at shut­tles pas­sen­gers too satel­lite ter­mi­nals.

By lis­ten­ing to the e Heathrow ap­pren­tices es stu­dents got an in­sight ht into the wide range of f en­gi­neer­ing ca­reers rs avail­able at Heathrow.

Both the Heathrow w Sec­ondary School ol Chal­lenge and Heathrow’s ’s Pri­mary School Chal­lenge e – held an­nu­ally in au­tumn n – are de­signed too en­cour­age a new gen­er­a­tion to ex­plore ca­reers in en­gi­neer­ing and ad­dress a na­tional skills gap in this field.

En­gi­neer­ing UK es­ti­mates that Bri­tain needs to dou­ble the num­ber of re­cruits into en­gi­neer­ing to meet de­mand.

Kelly Stone, en­gi­neer­ing train­ing and devel­op­ment manager, said: “Heathrow’s en­gi­neer­ing ap­pren­tice­ship­pro­gramme is amongst the most popular in the UK and our en­gi­neer­ing ap­pren­tices in­evitably be­come some of our most tal­ented col­leagues here at the air­port.

“In fact, over 40 per cent of the cur­rent en­gi­neer­ing work­force, in­clud­ing se­nior man­agers, is com­posed of exap­pren­tices. We hope their en­thu­si­asm and skills will in­spire a new gen­er­a­tion of home grown ap­pren­tices at our air­port.”

Jenny Mercer, Heathrow en­gi­neer­ing ap­pren­tice, said: “It was great to share my ex­pe­ri­ences with those that could even­tu­ally be my col­leagues at Heathrow, par­tic­u­larly young women.

“En­gi­neer­ing can be a male-dom­i­nated sphere of work, and I hope that by talk­ing to young women di­rectly about my ex­pe­ri­ence, we can share the po­ten­tial of a ca­reer in en­gi­neer­ing and re­cruit them to join our Heathrow team.”

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n TOP TIPS: Above left, Moza­hedul Alam and Char­lie McCaf­ferty with their mini bat­tery op­er­ated car. Above, Rhi­an­non Thomas-St Ville and Mia Ca­mara and be­low, Char­lie Steel and Mo Alawadi

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