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Henry Smith MP welcomes Crawley-based Virgin Atlantic to Westminster

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Henry Smith MP has hosted Virgin Atlantic at an event in Parliament (Tuesday, 21st February) marking their investment in new aircraft and apprenticeship programmes.

Members of Parliament as well as the Minister for Aviation, Lord Ahmad, Virgin Atlantic cadet pilots and cabin crew, and apprentices from both Airbus and Rolls-Royce attended the event.

Henry Smith said of the event “I was pleased to welcome Crawley-based Virgin Atlantic to the House of Commons to celebrate their investment in the Airbus A350-1000, and to learn more about their commitment to a greener fleet.”

“Virgin Atlantic are a global company based on our doorstep – I want to see more and more of Crawley’s young people making the most of the jobs and opportunities that such great British firms have to offer.”

The new aircraft, powered by Rolls-Royce engines, will be part of Virgin Atlantic’s investment in a cleaner and quieter fleet.

Designed to be 30 per cent more fuel and carbon efficient than the aircraft it replaces, it’s expected to reduce the airline’s noise footprint at its airports by more than half.

Nathan Stower, Vice President of External Affairs and Sustainability at Virgin Atlantic, also commented  “As a Crawley-based business it was great to have the support of Henry Smith MP for this event, where we were able to highlight how this investment will benefit our customers, the environment, and UK plc.”


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The Employ Crawley jobs fair returns for its second year

The Employ Crawley jobs fair is back for another year, offering residents the chance to find out more about local vacancies and take part in workshops.

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The event is open to all ages and takes place in Crawley Library from 10.30am until 4.30pm on 5 March.

Come along and meet with a wide range of local employers from various industries including retail, hospitality, driving, finance, and social care and airport services.

This is a great opportunity to speak directly with the employers about their vacancies, what they expect from candidates and their companies.

Find out how you can become part of the Gatwick family with an introduction to their free, four-week Gatwick One Destination Employability Course at 11.30am.

The Employ Crawley Team will also be on hand to offer help and advice to those looking for local jobs and advice on local training opportunities.

Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development, Councillor Peter Smith, said: “Our first jobs fair was incredibly successful so I am delighted we are hosting another one this year.

“This event is a great opportunity for those looking for a career change, new employment or training opportunities. Our friendly Employ Crawley Team will be on hand to offer help and advice.”

For more information about Employ Crawley, visit www.regeneratingcrawley.org.uk/employcrawley

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