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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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Recording-breaking start to 2019 for Gatwick

London Gatwick has achieved its busiest-ever start to a year, as passenger numbers grew by +4.0% in Q4, compared to 2018, as 9.7 million passengers travelled through in the first three months of 2019.

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Long-haul growth was also strong in Q4, up +7.5%. This contributed to another month of healthy cargo growth, +7.2% quarter on quarter.

North Atlantic routes drove this busiest-ever start to a calendar year +15.3% on Q4 2018. Responding to this transatlantic demand, Virgin Atlantic and Delta have announced plans to grow at Gatwick –  with new routes to Boston Logan and New York JFK from summer 2020 – adding to Gatwick’s over 250 flights each week to the USA.

It comes as Gatwick welcomed more passengers than ever during February half-term. 1.2 million passengers travelled through the airport between 15th and 24th February and an increase of +7% on the equivalent week last year.

Gatwick passengers are increasingly looking to go further afield at half-term with long-haul destinations up nearly 20% for the holiday period, as 1 in 6 Gatwick passengers are currently travelling to long-haul destinations. Popular long-haul half-term destinations include Dubai and Bridgetown joining short haul favourites Dublin, Barcelona and Geneva.

February also saw the start of easyJet’s new Dusseldorf service, which operates 11 times per week to the business and leisure destination, and is the fifth new route from the airline at Gatwick in recent months, joining Aqaba, Rovaniemi, Warsaw and Aarhus. This follows the addition of a new service to the Turkish capital, Ankara, from Turkish Airlines in January as the number of capital cities served by Gatwick now stands at 50.

In the three month period, domestic routes to Isle of Man and Glasgow saw growth of +9.0% and +5.0%, respectively. Meanwhile passengers using GatwickConnects, the airport’s service which enables passengers to book connecting flights via Gatwick, increased +80% from Edinburgh, +58% from Jersey and +50% from Belfast in Q4.

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive Officer, Gatwick Airport said:

“Gatwick’s year has started as we mean the rest of 2019 to go on. Our pioneering spirit at the airport is driving for success in both the short and long term.

“In the immediate period, we continue to innovate, enabling new and established airlines to grow to all parts of the world – including most recently a new service to Rio de Janeiro.

“Looking ahead to further opportunities, we will publish the final version of Gatwick’s masterplan later this year, outlining potential options for future growth.’

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