High praise for Heathrow grad­u­ates

One could be fu­ture chief ex­ec­u­tive

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Salina Pa­tel salina.pa­tel@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

Ferechta Khawrin-Fatih

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.


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