Marking 15 years since opening its doors to the community, the Heathrow Employment and Skills Academy revealed that it has supported over 5,800 people into employment since it was formed, contributing more than £13.5m (US$17.4m) to training and career development.
To mark the occasion, Heathrow hosted its Academy Awards ceremony, celebrating the 87 new graduates for 2019 – 68% of them from the five local boroughs closest to the airport.
Graduates were joined by guest speaker Reggie Nelson, who shared his story of door-knocking in wealthy parts of London for careers advice. Attendees also heard from Heathrow’s chief operating officer Chris Garton and chief people officer Paula Stannett.
The evening was a chance to reflect on a successful year in which the Heathrow Academy signed the Care Leaver Covenant and kicked off its People Leadership Forum and Skills Partnership, making careers at the airport more accessible and sustainable than ever.