High praise for Heathrow graduates
One could be future chief executive
A SPECIAL graduation ceremony celebrated the achievements of 82 Heathrow Academy apprentices from across west London.
Among the latest cohort of graduates were young people from Hounslow, Hillingdon and Ealing, cementing Heathrow’s commitment to providing work for people living in the five surrounding boroughs to the airport.
The event attended by local MPs, councillors, and CEO John HollandKaye was hosted at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel on Bath Road on Thursday November 5.
Heathrow Chief Executive John HollandKaye said: “The Academy gives an opportunity for talented local people to fulfil their potential, through one of the many amazing careers open to them at Heathrow.
“My aim is that a future chief executive of Heathrow will come from one of our local
nominated for the learner special recognition
outstanding quality award.
ORIGINALLY from Afghanistan, Ferechta moved to France with her family when she was eightyears-old, completed her university degree, married and moved to England with her husband Zabiullah.
The couple settled in Hillingdon and had communities ommunities – and their journey may well start at the academy.”
Now in its 11th year the success of the academy was highlighted at the event including saving taxpayers £8m; placing more than 5,000 local residents into further training opportunities; and 3,188 people directly into airport jobs; as well as investing £4m in the growth of the academy.
visited Terminal 5 after a friend told them how amazing it was.
Shortly after, she heard about the Heathrow Academy and went straight down to meet the team. She was enrolled into the pre-employment training course and two days after completing it had secured an interview with Bvlgari. Mrs KhawrinFaith said: “It all happened very quickly. The interview went really well and I started with
Should expansion go ahead, the airport has promised to offer 10,000 apprenticeships over the course of the expansion project.
Heathrow Academy offers recruitment; apprenticeship and development.
them straight away.
“There I was in a marble floored shop and the first thing I sold was a diamond ring. I couldn’t believe it.”
She has completed three apprenticeships, the most recent advanced apprenticeship in management, and after three-and-a-half years with Bvlgari moved on to become team leader for Watches of Switzerland.
Her husband followed in her footsteps and both have worked at Heathrow ever since.