London City Airport encourages local people to strive for Education Excellence to aid them into employment.
The aim of London City Airport's Education Excellence Programme is to help young people and adults develop the skills and attributes required for future employment. The projects delivered within the programme focus on basic skills, raising aspirations and attitude for employment and are divided into the following categories:
Unfortunately we are no longer able to offer group tours of the airport due to recent regulations set out by the Department for Transport. This excludes our educational programmes set out in the Section 106 Planning Agreement, which are offered to selected schools within our local catchment area.
The airport runs an educational geography programme for year two students at local selected schools, 13 from the London Borough of Newham, 1 from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and 1 from the London Borough of Greenwich. This involves a school visit by an airport employee and an airport visit for the class so that the children can experience how people travel to different countries and how an airport works. Selected schools will receive an offer letter by post inviting them to take up the programme.
We also visit various local primary schools for careers and aspiration days. In Hackney we work with the Hackney Education and Business Partnership to deliver Hackney Inspire Sessions, telling primary school children about future careers that they could aim for. This is intended to increase children’s aspirations from an early age as well as to showcase available jobs on offer at an airport.
London City Airport runs a weekly work experience placement aimed mainly at college students who are studying a travel and tourism related course within the local area. This involves spending a day in various departments of the airport, such as customer service and airfield operations, to gain a feel for the careers available to them once they have left college. More information on work experience at London City Airport can be found by clicking here.
The annual London City Airport Scheme provides financial assistance, management mentoring and paid work placements to local students selected to join the scheme. Since the programme started in 2004, the Airport has awarded 16 students from Newham, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich grants of more than £150,000 in total.
In addition to a £2,000 annual grant and a personal Airport Management Mentor, students also benefit from paid work experience in departments around the Airport to gain a better understanding of the business and its operations.
Participating students regularly comment on the positive beneifits it provides:
Zohaib Bhutta, one of the Newham residents from the Scheme achieved a 2:1 Class Honours degree from Queen Mary University of London and said: “It has been a great journey, the Scheme has helped me a significant amount. Apart from the financial benefits, the moral support and experience have proved invaluable and I am truly grateful to London City Airport. I have since been accepted for an internship in Hong Kong teaching Business English at a university for one academic year”.
Dwayne Black, another of the Newham residents benefitting from the Scheme said: “The Scheme has been very beneficial to me as it has broadened my horizons and made me realise what I actually want to be once I finish. I wasn't too sure before on what it is that I wanted to do. I would recommend the Scheme to everyone. In my experience, LCY staff have always been there when I needed advice or help with any aspect of university life. Also, the work experience and training courses have proved invaluable and look great on my CV as employers today are looking for both good grades and work experience.”
Through our Section 106 Agreement and our commitment to local education, we have introduced a new Business Programme called “Plane Business” to add to the many education programmes we already deliver.
The “Plane Business” education programme has been developed by London City Airport in partnership with Newham Education Business Partnership (EBP) as a case study to give local students an insight into our business, markets and passengers.
The aim of this resource is to introduce year nine students to the concepts of business and trade, using London City Airport as a vehicle. It could also be used as a starter activity for GCSE Business Studies students.
The resource meets parts of the following: KS3 Curriculum Outcomes, elements for PHSEE (economic wellbeing), 11-19 Work Related Learning Framework, Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, and Literacy objectives.
“Plane Business” consists of a series of presentations and activities that will reinforce and check students’ learning in the following subject areas:
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