The Heathrow Academy was set up as a response to the severe challenges that airport retailers faced in 2004 in recruiting and retaining staff with the appropriate skills.
The creation of the Academy also anticipated the opening of T5 in March 2008 and represented a response to the staff resourcing and skill challenges that the new terminal would present. The main objective was to help concessionaires attract, retain and develop their staff.
Due to the success of the Retail Academy it was decided to look at other sectors that would benefit from a similar model, and in 2011 the Heathrow Academy began training and putting into work candidates across the construction and aviation & logistics sectors.
In 2014 the Heathrow Academy celebrated its ten year anniversary. Over the last decade we have put over 5,000 people through training and 3,188 people into work with retailers, caterers, bureaus, aviation, logistic and construction employers across the airport community.
Jessica, a Passenger Service Agent at the airport, contacted the Heathrow Academy following advice from her local job centre, and has never looked back. Today, she checks-in and boards passengers for flights.
If you are unemployed and live in one of the following boroughs - Ealing, Hounslow, Hillingdon, Slough, Spelthorne – then the Heathrow Academy can help you.Find out about applying to the Heathrow Academy