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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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Henry Smith MP: Reforming Air Passenger Duty

In his article this week Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about reforming air passenger duty to boost trade.

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One way for MPs to raise issues in Westminster is through All-Party Parliamentary Groups. These Groups typically contain members of the Commons and the Lords, and include parliamentarians from across the political spectrum.

I recently established and was elected to chair a new APPG on Air Passenger Duty Reform, which seeks to encourage the UK Government to cut the rate of Air Passenger Duty (APD).

While the Government confirmed at the October 2018 Budget that short-haul APD rates will not rise for the eighth year in a row, keeping costs down for 80 per cent of passengers, there remains more to be done.

With the Band B long-haul rate scheduled to rise by £16 on 1st April 2019, reforming APD will help the UK compete on a level playing field with our European counterparts, boosting tourism, trade, jobs and growth.

The UK APD rate is the highest tax of its kind in the world. It is twice as high as the next highest, Germany. On long-haul flights it currently adds £78 to an economy ticket.

As we leave the European Union and look to forge a new identity for ourselves in the world as a global nation, it is critical we have a tax system that reflects that ambition.

With Gatwick Airport in the Crawley boundary, a significant reduction in the UK’s APD rate would signal to the world that Britain is open for business.

Henry Smith MP

Crawley Constituency

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