Pupils learn about air­port in chal­lenge

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THOU­SANDS of pri­mary school chil­dren across west Lon­don are learn­ing about Heathrow Air­port through to a new school chal­lenge.

Heathrow Pri­mary School Chal­lenge aims to en­cour­age chil­dren to be­gin think­ing about ca­reer prospects while teach­ing them about how the UK’s big­gest air­port ex­ports, such as jew­ellery, ma­chin­ery and medicines, to many des­ti­na­tions across the world.

The ini­tia­tive is tai­lored to­wards chil­dren un­der the age of 12 and will be avail­able to more than 3,100 pupils in 50 schools across Eal­ing, Houn­slow, Hilling­don, Slough and Spelthorne un­til the end of Oc­to­ber this year.

Dur­ing lessons, chil­dren will learn about the air­port’s ex­ports be­fore us­ing a com­puter pro­gramme called Scratch to cre­ate their own cargo jour­ney.

Sun­deep Sangha, Heathrow’s head of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, said: “Heathrow is work­ing with lo­cal pri­mary schools to en­sure that chil­dren have a pos­i­tive bank of mem­o­ries, skills and ex­pe­ri­ences to use when they are ready to get into the world of work.

“With 40,000 ad­di­tional lo­cal jobs and up to 10,000 ap­pren­tice­ships cre­ated through Heathrow’s ex­pan­sion and ad­di­tional run­way, there will be a huge op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to start their ca­reer with us.

“We have re­freshed and re­fo­cused this year’s chal­lenge to make it even more ex­cit­ing and in­spir­ing for these young stu­dents by draw­ing some in­spi­ra­tion from the lit­tle known, but cru­cially im­por­tant role, Heathrow plays as the UK’s big­gest port by value.

“We look for­ward to meet­ing what could be our fu­ture col­leagues and hav­ing some fun along the way.”

The chal­lenge is part of the Heathrow Com­mu­nity In­vest­ment Pro­gramme, which aims to raise as­pi­ra­tions and aca­demic achieve­ment by en­gag­ing with lo­cal schools, col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to Heathrow Air­port in the past 11 years more than 23,400 lo­cal stu­dents have ben­e­fited from skills taught as part of their pro­gramme.

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