Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Career on the Ascent; Up and Away: The Job Prospects at Airports Such as Heathrow Are Wide-Ranging, from Retail to Travel and Catering to Security Discretion:DCOS like This One Are Responsible for Escorting Immigration Detainees Back Home

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

A Career on the Ascent; Up and Away: The Job Prospects at Airports Such as Heathrow Are Wide-Ranging, from Retail to Travel and Catering to Security Discretion:DCOS like This One Are Responsible for Escorting Immigration Detainees Back Home

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Byline: Sarah Richardson

AN INITIATIVE that links local residents with jobs at Heathrow Airportis set to expand with the launch of its second phase. Routes to Work willprovide more than 2,000 local people with comprehensive pre-employment trainingand support to enable them to find jobs at Heathrow and with local businesses.

Since its introduction in July 2005, Routes to Work has trained more than 1,500recruits and matched 411 local residents with jobs, with nearly 200 findingemployment at the airport. The second phase of the programme, funded by theLondon Development Agency and BAA, aims to coach local people into a further375 jobs.

The scheme is available to unemployed residents of "Heathrow City", which takesin parts of the three west London boroughs of Ealing, Hillingdon and Hounslow.The airport is already a major employer in the area: one in 10 people inemployment in Hounslow work at HeathrowAirport as well as one in 27 people inemployment in Ealing and one in 15 people in employment in Hillingdon.

Local residents can access a free, customised, 30-hour pre-employment coursethat includes modules on customer service, team working, communication, healthand safety and manual handling. Following completion of the training,successful candidates are interviewed by BAA Heathrow's Retail Academy staffand matched to vacancies. The second phase of the programme includes furthertraining in baggage handling, ramp handling and cleaning as well as retailskills to provide access to a wider range of jobs.

Trevor Pereira is BAA's director of retail and commercial. "Around 70,000people are employed at Heathrow Airport and nearly half come from the fiveboroughs directly surrounding the airport," he says. "Airport jobs are vital tothe local community and we believe that employing and training local people isextremely important in Heathrow's development. We have a target to grow theproportion of employees who come from local boroughs, and Routes to Work willhelp us to deliver our goal.

"The scheme is already producing real results for local people, and I amdelighted that BAA is playing a key role in the second phase of the project. …

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