Thou­sands of ca­reers take off at air­port fair

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

THOU­SANDS of young peo­ple were wel­comed through the doors at the ninth Heathrow jobs and ca­reers fair.

More than 5,500 16- to 24-year-olds from schools and col­leges across Houn­slow, Hilling­don, Eal­ing, and sur­round­ing bor­oughs at­tended the event at the Park Inn by Radis­son Lon­don Heathrow on Thurs­day Fe­bru­ary 11.

Stu­dents in search of a ca­reer were put in touch with more than 50 air­port­based busi­nesses, lo­cal train­ing providers and vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions.

They had the chance to dis­cover the range of job roles at the air­port, and the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to them from work ex­pe­ri­ence, in­tern­ships and ap­pren­tice­ships.

Among the ex­hibitors were Bri­tish Air­ways, Delaware North and Om­nis­erv.

Heathrow CEO John Hol­land-Kaye said: “With this year’s jobs and ca­reers fair, our big­gest yet, it again il­lus­trates the im­por­tant role that the air­port com­mu­nity plays in sup­port­ing thou­sands of jobs in the lo­cal area.

“It was great to see so many young peo­ple at this event which has given them an in­sight into the ca­reers we of­fer.

“With ex­pan­sion, we would gen­er­ate 40,000 ad­di­tional lo­cal jobs and have the po­ten­tial to elim­i­nate youth un­em­ploy­ment in the five lo­cal bor­oughs.”

In pre­vi­ous years, peo­ple who have at­tended the ca­reers fair have man­aged to se­cure jobs at the air­port.

Do­minika Socha of Eal­ing at­tended the ca­reers fair in 2015, while study­ing Air­line and Air­port Man­age­ment at the Univer­sity of West Lon­don.

She met a Bri­tish Air­ways ap­pren­tice on the day and ap­plied on­line im­me­di­ately for a po­si­tion as cabin crew, and fol­low­ing an as­sess­ment day and in­ter­views was of­fered the role, and is now a mem­ber of BA cabin crew.

She said: “I am lucky to be able to com­bine both my stud­ies and full time em­ploy­ment.

“I sac­ri­fice a lot, but the hard work pays off and Bri­tish Air­ways is very sup­port­ive.

“I get to travel all over the world, cross­ing mul­ti­ple time zones com­bin­ing both short and long-haul flights.

“I con­tinue to be fo­cussed and driven to con­tinue build­ing my ca­reer and one day hope to work in the man­age­ment of­fice for BA at Ter­mi­nal 5, in­spir­ing oth­ers to take the same route.”

The air­port cur­rently em­ploys 75,850 peo­ple in more than 400 com­pa­nies, with more than half of those (53%) com­ing from the lo­cal ar­eas.

Inam Rana from Houn­slow who at­tended the jobs fair in 2014, where he met the re­cruit­ment team from Om­niS­erv, se­cured an in­ter­view with the com­pany and was of­fered a role as a pas­sen­ger ser­vice agent.

Mr Rana who has now moved on to work for Bri­tish Air­ways’ ground op­er­a­tions team, said: “It is a great op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents like me to be able to join the air­port through such well or­gan­ised fairs and have the unique chance of ac­tu­ally speak­ing to the em­ploy­ers and have a good idea of what they ex­pect from you and dis­cuss any ques­tions you may have.

“From a very young age I was a spe­cial education needs child who was un­able to speak or com­mu­ni­cate prop­erly.

“I truly be­lieve no mat­ter what prob­lems you have if you work hard and fol­low your dreams you will one day suc­ceed.

“My long term plan is to work to­wards a man­age­ment role at the air­port and to in­spire oth­ers.”

I am lucky to be able to com­bine my stud­ies and full time em­ploy­ment”

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