The Government has published the second draft of its National Policy Statement (NPS) on a new runway at Heathrow Airport, a project that will massively boost apprenticeship numbers in West London.
This new consultation is a key milestone in developing the Airports NPS which will strengthen the policy framework for expanding Heathrow, with the Government committing to a final vote on expansion in the first half of 2018.
Expansion of the airport is set to double the number of apprenticeships at Heathrow to 10,000, with the airport also aiming to become a centre of sustainability with a supply chain on the London Living Wage and a new runway that leads to carbon neutral growth.
West London College has been working hard since the announcement of Heathrow as the preferred airport for expansion was made last year. Since then, our CEO Garry Phillips has joined the Heathrow Skills Taskforce to help ensure the airport and its supply chain has the skills needed to build and operate an expanded Heathrow Airport. With up to 77,000 additional jobs estimated to be created by the expansion, we already have a big part to play as the leading FE College for skills in London.
Garry Phillips, CEO of West London College and member of the Heathrow Skills Taskforce, says:
“The expansion opportunity would significantly increase the trade options and business links for the UK. It would provide a great opportunity in West London City Region and nationally for skills, trading education in new ways of working.“