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How can you help shape the skills of the next generation?

Get involved with our Heathrow Skills Taskforce survey below.

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Heathrow has set up an independent Skills Taskforce, chaired by Lord Blunkett, to help inform its future education, employment and skills strategy and ensure Heathrow leaves a national legacy for future infrastructure projects.

The Taskforce is seeking views from across sectors and across the country to help develop its recommendations. These recommendations will inform the airport’s future skills strategy. The work of the Taskforce will help us develop our expansion plans and the preparation of our Development Consent Order application.

We would be grateful if you could take some time to feedback your thoughts on the following to inform the Taskforce and the development of our expansion plans. You do not need to answer every question, please share salient points on those which are applicable to you and your experience.

The survey closes on 8 December 2017 (23:59hrs). 

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How to complete your response:

1. Read the questions below

2. Respond in 6000 characters, or less, to each of the corresponding question boxes below

3. Click submit

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Question 1: Apprenticeships offer a rewarding head start to careers.  As the airport expands, there will be thousands of apprenticeship opportunities at Heathrow and through the airport supply chain. The Taskforce is looking at how we can inspire young people to consider apprenticeships as a valuable first career step.

In your experience:

a) How can schools, employers and training providers work with young people to increase the number of apprenticeship applications?

b) How can schools, employers and training providers help young people attain skills to be ‘work ready’ and able to take up an apprenticeship?

c) What are the best methods of communicating the range of career pathways to parents, so they are best equipped to help their children make informed choices?

Employer encounters

Question 2: Research from ‘Education and Employers’ has shown that young people who’ve had four or more encounters with a business during secondary school, are 25% less likely to be NEET (Not in education, employment and training) and can earn around 18% more during their career.

In your experience:

a) What type of encounters with employers have been most impactful for young people and students, and why? Consider work experience, volunteering, mentoring, role models, and any other encounters.

Following your answer above, please state whether this relates to:

  • Early years/primary education
  • Secondary education
  • Further education (FE)
  • Higher education (HE)

b) What types of encounters have not worked/not been impactful, and why? 

c) For teachers/lecturers – Have you experienced barriers to engaging with employers? If so, please state what these are:

d) For businesses/employers – Have you experienced barriers to engaging with schools, FE and HE? If so, please state what these are.

Diversity & Inclusion

Question 3: 47.2% of people aged 50 plus and unemployed have been out of work for 12 months or more, in contrast to 34.3% of all adults. (Missing Million report, 2014, Business in the Community with ILC-UK)

a) Please share any initiatives you are aware of, private or public sector, which are targeted to support this age group into work? Consider reskilling, further training, support with work readiness and recruitment processes etc. 

b)  How can HE and FE support businesses to upskill/reskill both the unemployed and those in work?

Question 4:  Heathrow’s aim is to reflect diversity at all levels by 2025,  but we are aware that there are key factors which affect someone’s ability to gain training, employment and career progression.  Some significant barriers are:

  • Lack of education and/or disadvantaged background (in particular those from minority groups)
  • Learning difficulty or disability
  • Limited flexible working opportunities, unsociable hours

With particular attention to the three areas above:

a. Are you aware of any successful initiatives to address these issues and support people facing these barriers into employment? Please describe.

b. What do you think the responsibilities of the following groups should be, in terms of addressing barriers to employment?

  • Private businesses
  • Education
  • Local and central government
  • Voluntary sector

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