- 10 new broadcasts scheduled throughout the academic year
- Gatwick Airport set to reach more than 16,000 school children via its innovative online education portal
- Builds the airport’s commitment to investing in future careers at the airport
LONDON, 2017-Oct-09 — /Travel PR News/ — Gatwick Airport is announcing a new series of monthly live broadcasts specially tailored for schools using its unique ‘Learn Live’ education programme.
With the start of the academic year now underway, the first session will feature a ‘day in the life’ of the baggage team, giving an insight into a part of airport life which is very much behind the scenes. In November, the session will focus on the airport’s engineering apprenticeship scheme, highlighting the opportunities available to those looking to take their first step onto the career ladder at Gatwick.
Each broadcast is planned to highlight different aspects of airport life. Last year, Air Traffic Control and Airfield Operations proved most popular, attracting the largest online audiences. The broadcasts are recorded and can be watched by students not able to take part in the live sessions.
Since Learn Live launched last February, Gatwick has reached more than 10,000 students and teachers from 280 schools across the country. Gatwick is the first UK airport to use technology to reach out to its local community and beyond, via video links which are completely interactive and provide two-way communications, allowing children to put their questions directly to airport staff.
Learn Live is a key part of Gatwick’s Community Engagement strategy, which strives to ‘Inform, Inspire and Invest’ in the next generation of airport workers, and develop a pipeline of talent to meet the future needs of employment and skills at the airport.
Gatwick’s education programme covers the full spectrum of academic years, ranging from primary school age, with sponsorship of STEM subject related events such as Big Bang1, through to apprenticeship level, offering engineering apprenticeships and an engineering graduate programme.
Teachers are also able to access a free online resources pack informing them of the variety of roles for young people the airport can offer.
Paula Aldridge, Gatwick Airport’s Community Engagement Manager, said:
“Learn Live continues to be a tremendous success because it inspires young people to think about aviation as a career.
“Our ‘Inform, Inspire, Invest’ education programme supports a full calendar of activity across the year and helps paint a picture of the opportunities available at Gatwick.”
Stuart Heaton, Managing Director of Learn Live, said:
“We are delighted to be working with Gatwick Airport on this series of live career broadcasts into schools and colleges across the UK. The feedback from teachers and students on the live broadcasts has been very positive who have been impressed with the range of job roles available within the airport.
“We are looking forward to continuing to work with Gatwick on bringing live broadcasts into the classroom and to help inspire the future workforce.”
Notes to editors
If you are interested to find out more about your school receiving Learn Live broadcasts, please register at www.learnliveuk.com.
1 Part of a nationwide programme, the Big Bang celebrates and raises the profile of young people’s achievements in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. Nearly 9,000 9-19 year olds and their teachers from across the region attended The Big Bang Fair South East in 2017.
About London Gatwick
Gatwick Airport is the UK’s second largest airport and the most efficient single-runway airport in the world. It serves more than 228 destinations in 74 countries for 45 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. It is also a major economic driver for the UK contributing £5.3 billion to national GDP and generating 85,000 jobs nationally, with around 24,000 on the wider airport campus alone. The airport is south of Central London with excellent public transport links, including the Gatwick Express, and is part of the Oyster contactless payment network. Gatwick Airport is owned by a group of international investment funds, of which Global Infrastructure Partners is the largest shareholder.
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