Good, local jobs are essential to people’s wellbeing, to strong, thriving communities and – of course – to the economy. As we look to the future of the UK economy, the more high quality jobs we can provide, the better.
Heathrow currently employs 76,000 people, 16,500 of whom live within five kilometres of the airport. Our Heathrow 2.0 strategy ensures this will continue, with a strong focus on enabling local people to work at the airport. Heathrow expansion will create up to 180,000 further opportunities across the country, and we plan to create 10,000 apprenticeships.
Of course, getting a job is one thing, but most people are looking for the chance to build a career and do work they can be proud of. Heathrow 2.0 has a strong focus on helping people find the right work at Heathrow and nurturing them so they can fulfil their potential. Our strategy expands the training and support we provide for our employees to become leaders in safety and wellbeing, and to adopt a proactive, innovative and sustainable approach to their daily work.
Health and safety is fundamental to the success of every modern business. At Heathrow, ‘keeping everyone safe’ is one of our values and we recognise that to deliver the best passenger experience we have a responsibility for the health and safety of everyone who visits and works across Heathrow.
Heathrow already employs thousands of people, and an expanding Heathrow will provide new opportunities to thousands more. Good jobs are an essential component of wellbeing, which means providing the kind of work that offers a real sense of purpose and progress.
At Heathrow, we have been making steady progress on sustainability for many years. However, to succeed in our new ambition, we must make our strategy a part of everyone’s daily decision making – rather than being driven just by those who have sustainability as one of their formal responsibilities.