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Want to be an engineer at Gatwick Aiport? Apprentice applications start today!

The recruitment process for the next intake of engineering apprentices at Gatwick opens today (4th Feb) and for the successful applicants could mark the start of a four year programme where they earn while training for a nationally recognised qualification.

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Liberty Frankland, gatwick engineering apprentice working at the airport.

The application process is open until 26th April and more information on how to apply is available on Gatwick’s website here.  A typical engineering apprenticeship is made up of the trading blocks below:

1st year:          Training full time at East Surrey College in BTEC Electrical Engineering.

2nd year:         On-site training at the airport, spending three months at a time in different engineering departments. Continuing with BTEC Electrical Engineering and beginning NVQ Level 3 in Engineering Maintenance. 

3rd year:          Ongoing training at engineering departments at the airport. Continuing NVQ Level 3 in Engineering Maintenance and one day a week at college to study HNC in Electrical Engineering. 

4th year:          Ongoing placements within engineering departments at the airport. One day a week at college to complete HNC in Electrical Engineering. 

The application process follows the airport’s first Learn Live broadcast of the year last Wednesday (30 Jan) where students from across the South East and wider UK spoke directly to a young female apprentice engineer at Gatwick.

The event saw 62 schools – half of them from Sussex, Surrey and Kent – tuning in to the online broadcast, which is designed to inspire students – including young women and girls – into pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related careers.

Separately, to raise awareness of the important role STEM subjects can play in future careers, Gatwick has also partnered with Millais – an all-girls school – in Horsham where they are working with Year 7 pupils and their parents to encourage them to consider a STEM career path in a structured education programme throughout the year.

Wednesday’s Learn Live session was hosted by Liberty Frankland, a female Gatwick Airport engineering apprentice from Horsham who said:

“I decided an apprenticeship was for me as I wanted to continue studying and learning more, but I wanted the experience and context to what I was learning which I felt I couldn’t get from going straight to university.

“The airport is a great place to learn more about engineering and other technical or science based subjects and I hope that this broadcast has helped to inspire other students into considering careers in these subjects.”

Gatwick’s 2019 Learn Live programme will consist of six broadcasts. This includes a Big Assembly in a school in Crawley where a studio audience of students and a virtual audience of schools from around the UK asks questions of a panel of experts from the airport.  This event alone is expected to reach approximately 30,000 students from 250 schools.

The broadcasts are recorded and posted on Gatwick’s website so the sessions to date can still be watched on the Gatwick website by students not able to take part in the live sessions.  Subjects and dates for other broadcasts in this year’s programme will be announced shortly.

Gatwick launched the Learn Live streaming platform in 2017 and is the only UK airport to use the service which gives students the opportunity to ask questions directly to the airport’s staff. 

Tony Yates, Head of Engineering, Gatwick Airport, said:

“These broadcasts are an engaging, interactive way to give young people insight into the world of work and STEM related careers in particular.  They can help people to make decisions about what they might want to do, or what they might go and learn about as they start thinking about the direction of their future careers.  

It’s also important for Gatwick to inspire young people in these subjects as we need to develop a pipeline of talent to meet the future needs of employment and skills at the airport.” 

Sue Husband, Director, National Apprenticeship Service added:

These live broadcasts will give young people considering an apprenticeship real insight into what it’s like to be an apprentice and what’s required from an apprentice in the workplace today. We have some fantastic apprenticeship employers lined up to give their vision of what qualities an apprentice needs to bring to the role and the brilliant opportunities they can expect. These broadcasts will reach thousands of young people and will really give them a taste for how far they can go with an apprenticeship.” fffffffff

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Gatwick Airport Station could double in size as £150m upgrade announced

Tens of millions of rail passengers travelling to and from Gatwick Airport will benefit from improved accessibility and swifter journeys, after the Department for Transport (DfT) announced a £150 million scheme to upgrade the station.

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The renovation will reduce train delays caused by platform overcrowding and congestion, while also improving passenger experience by providing easier connections to other destinations.

Planned upgrades will include doubling the size of the station concourse, adding five new lifts and eight escalators to improve passenger flow, and widening two platforms to reduce overcrowding.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said:

“With 46m people now using Gatwick Airport every year and 20m coming by train, it is vital that we make the station more accessible and customer friendly for those travelling through it. The UK’s second largest airport has direct rail links to more than 120 destinations and is an important public transport hub.

“We want to see Gatwick Airport’s success continue to flourish and ensure that it is ready for even more passengers in the future. Through this £150 million investment, we will deliver vital upgrades to boost the station’s capacity and provide better, seamless journeys for all.”

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport said:

“Gatwick has been transformed in recent years and the redesigned train station will take the airport’s redevelopment to the next level by providing a seamless transition between the airport and the station, more lifts, escalators and a doubling in the size of the concourse.

“The new station will complement the huge improvements to rail services at the airport, which include new fleets of Gatwick Express and Thameslink trains and services that now leave the airport for London every three minutes – as frequently as services on the tube.

“The project is a fantastic example of the public and private sector working together to deliver a world-class transport hub that will comfortably manage the expected growth in air passengers and also encourage people to switch to rail as part of our push to get more people to travel to the airport by public transport.” 

The number of people using Gatwick Airport station each year has grown by six million since 2010. Currently the station is not designed for the high volume of daily passengers, often carrying bulky luggage.

The renovation will be managed by Network Rail, in partnership with DfT. Gatwick Airport Ltd and Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership are co-funding the project with £37m and £10m respectively.

Paul Harwood, Director of Investment for Network Rail, said:

“The transformational enhancement to Gatwick Airport station will provide passengers with a much smoother and more pleasant experience and also reduce train delays.

“Along with the recent improvements on the Brighton Main Line and our record £4.3 billion funding settlement for maintaining, operating and renewing the railway over the next five years, this investment is excellent news for passengers, businesses and the economy.”

Patrick Verwer, Chief Executive Officer of Govia Thameslink Railway, said:

“This much-needed scheme will deliver real benefits for passengers thanks to enhanced platforms, new lifts and a larger concourse. At such a busy station these upgraded facilities will significantly contribute to the smooth running of our services for travellers getting to and from the airport.”

Jonathan Sharrock, Chief Executive at Coast to Capital said:  

“If our economy is to grow, we need a transport network that supports faster, more reliable, and less polluting journeys for business, leisure and freight travel. Gatwick airport is an international destination and its station is a gateway to London and the wider Coast to Capital area.

“This plan will greatly improve the interchange for commuters, visitors and business which will support the sustainable growth of the area with Gatwick airport at its heart.

“We are delighted to have contributed £10 million and look forward to working with partners to deliver a better experience for passengers.”

The improvement works will start in Spring 2020 and will take around two years to complete. The works will be sequenced to ensure minimum disruption.

The government is investing a record £48bn to modernise the country’s rail network and deliver significant improvements in performance, punctuality and capacity.

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