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Gatwick CEO provides career advice to inspire students via live online education portal

More than 60 schools tuned in to the broadcast and took part from classrooms across the country.

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Stewart Wingate, chief executive officer at London Gatwick airport, poses for a photograph at the airport in Crawley, U.K. [Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images]

Gatwick Airport’s CEO, Stewart Wingate, took part in a ‘Learn Live’ broadcast with more than 60 schools nationwide to provide advice to students thinking about pursuing a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related career at the airport.

Stewart, who is also a chartered engineer, gave insights into his daily duties at Gatwick and his engineering apprenticeship, as well as answering questions on why he wanted to work in the aviation industry, what qualities are required to become a Chief Executive Officer and what he feels apprenticeships bring to the business.

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Since launching the Learn Live streaming platform at Gatwick last year – the first UK airport to use the service – more than 30,000 student and teacher views from 500 schools across the country have tuned into the monthly interactive video links, giving students the opportunity to ask questions directly to the airport’s staff.

The broadcasts are recorded so all of the 18 sessions to date can still be watched by students not able to take part in the live sessions.

Learn Live forms part of the Gatwick Community Engagement team’s wider ‘Inform, Inspire, Invest’ education programme, to develop a pipeline of talent and meet the future needs of employment and skills at the airport.

The programme covers the whole spectrum of education years, ranging from sponsorship of STEM subject related events, such as Big Bang, right the way through to offering apprenticeship and graduate roles. Teachers are also able to access a free online resources pack informing them of the variety of roles for young people the airport can offer.

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick Airport’s Chief Executive Officer, said:

“I am pleased to have participated in a Learn Live broadcast and enjoyed sharing experiences that have shaped my career to help inspire future generations.

“It is important we continue to work closely with our local communities to showcase the diversity of STEM career opportunities available at Gatwick, as we want to be at the forefront of inspiring young people to join us and be part of our continuing future growth and success.”

Stuart Heaton, Managing Director of Learn Live, said:

“We were delighted to interview Stewart Wingate, CEO at Gatwick Airport on the Learn Live channel and to find out more about his career in engineering and why apprentices are important to his business.

“It is vital for companies like Gatwick to engage in their local community to help inspire the future workforce to consider a career in the STEM industries and we are proud to help them do this via the Learn Live channel.”

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Crawley College 60th anniversary celebrations continue

On Tuesday 13th November, VIP guests, teachers, governors and business leaders attended a celebratory meal at Crawley College as part of a year of celebrations to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the college.

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The college was delighted that several family members of the college’s original principal – Theodore Siklos, were able to attend.

Professor Siklos’ sons Stephen and Paul gave a fascinating profile of their father’s journey from Budapest, where he spoke Hungarian and German, via the University of Brno, now in the Czech Republic, to Wimbledon Technical College and then finally to Crawley where he oversaw the building of the college from nothing more than a building site.

They spoke warmly about their father’s time at the college and brought to life the total transformation that the engineering department has gone through – from an annex on Robinson Road with a single, temperamental computer, to the Advanced Technology Centre which features the latest industry-standard equipment for renewable and sustainable technologies.

Engineering continues to be one of the foundation subjects of the college – no doubt as part of Professor Siklos’s legacy.

The evening started with a drinks reception in the college’s Advanced Technology Centre, and a tour of the college’s engineering facilities, before a delicious meal was served in the college’s newly refurbished restaurant.

The college’s hospitality students designed and created a three-course dinner, based on the original menu served in 1986 when the Siklos building opened. Guests were treated to Waldorf salad, lamb loin, vegetable Wellington and chocolate orange choux pastry for dessert.

Vicki Illingworth, College Principal, commented:

“it was fantastic to see the restaurant buzzing and the students served up really excellent food. Our guests were very complementary about the evening and the journey they could see the college is on – we are very proud that the hard work we are doing is making a difference!”

58 Café Bar and Restaurant is open to the public from Monday to Friday in term time, serving barista-made coffee and homemade cakes all day, as well as a three course express lunch on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Meals are cooked and served by the college’s hospitality students under the expert supervision of our chef-lecturers.

For more information about any aspect of the college, please visit www.crawley.ac.uk

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