Schools and education
Around 24,000 people currently work at Gatwick Airport in a wide variety of companies and diverse roles. It is an exciting place to work and as the airport continues to grow we want to build a pipeline of talent for the future.
One way we can develop this pipeline is through our education programme, which aims to inform, inspire and invest in young people:
Inform: informing students about the wide range of careers at the airport; raising aspirations; and opening their eyes to the world of work with real life examples.
Inspire: inspiring students about the importance and relevance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects and how these skills are used in the world of work; and specifically at the airport.
Invest: investing in our future workforce by creating a range of employment opportunities and routes into employment.
A new and exciting programme we launched in 2017 is Learn Live, supporting our education programme themes inform; inspire; and invest. Working in partnership with the Learn Live team, we are delivering a monthly interactive broadcast from the airport into schools across the region. Each broadcast has videos and live interactive sessions where the students can ask Gatwick employees questions about their roles and careers.
Each session covers a theme and introduces the students to the wide variety of career paths on offer at the airport. The broadcasts are also recorded and can be replayed or shared with other year groups or students who were absent for the live sessions.
Schools can sign-up to a broadcast by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your school contact details.
STEM and the Big Bang Fair
For several years, Gatwick has hosted the Sussex and Surrey FIRST® LEGO® League regional tournament, where teams of students compete to build LEGO® robots.
FIRST® LEGO® League is an international robotics-based competition, which aims to excite young people aged 9 to 16 years about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). It is a global competition with over 30,000 teams involving more than half a million young people.
Teams are judged on their ability to build and program the robot, their research, teamwork and presentation skills.
We are also headline sponsors of Crawley STEMfest which gives 20,000 local young people the chance to learn about STEM career paths. This culminates with the Big Bang Fair South East where thousands of people come along and learn about science through activities, shows and workshops. Find out more about the Big Bang Fair.
Engineering skills are critical to our business and we want to be at the forefront of inspiring young people to join us and to be part of our continuing future growth and success. We are delighted to be the headline sponsor for both Crawley STEMfest and the Big Bang, where we will be able to connect with thousands of local students.
Tony Yates, Head of Engineering, Gatwick Airport
National Apprenticeship Week
We took part in National Apprenticeship Week, with some of our staff - including our CEO, who originally started as an apprentice - going back to the floor to see how things have changed.