Heathrow Airport: Apprentices

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 14 February 2017.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of new apprenticeships resulting from the expansion of Heathrow airport; and what assessment he has made of the effect of that expansion on the skill bank of workers in local communities.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) has publicly committed to create10,000 new apprenticeships ‎by 2030 at an expanded airport, thereby doubling the number offered. The draft Airports National Policy Statement laid before Parliament on Thursday 2 February also sets out the Government's expectation that the airport will maximise the employment and skills opportunities for local residents to share the benefits of expansion with neighbouring communities. HAL itself has pledged to reduce youth employment in the five boroughs closest to the airport with expansion at the airport expected to generate tens of thousands of local jobs by 2030.

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