Employability with British Airways

We have recently had the pleasure of two employment events with British Airways. In July, 16 members of staff at British Airways attended our London Futures West hub as part of their Heathrow Champions who fundraise for Comic Relief. They took part in the session with 6 of our young adults, where in teams they chose a social issue and planned the creation of a 2 minute video which the young people then produced the following week. We received some really positive feedback from the BA volunteers:

“We were so impressed with the project, Ryan and his team they really made the visit interactive and was fantastic to be part of the young people’s weekly session.”

The Heathrow champions really enjoyed the day and are excited to ramp up their fundraising efforts from here.  Below is a photo of the group together.

Taster Day

As a result of the success of the session with London Futures, we were invited to take 15 young people from our London Futures and Girls Win programme to the BA HQ at Riverside in early August. BA support Comic Relief in their fundraising initiatives and wanted to visit a UK based programme.

Young people from across the capital Hackney, Croydon, London Bridge and Hammersmith all made the journey to Heathrow Airport where we got the staff bus to Waterside. We were met by our fun and enthusiastic hosts, Joe and Becky who gave us our passes and took us to the Heritage Museum space. Joe and Becky talked us through how British Airways operate, the Cabin Crew experience and even took us through a quiz to check our understanding. We had a talk from an apprentice at BA who spoke to the young people about the wide variety of apprenticeships and traineeships that BA offer, which was very interesting and insightful for the young people.

After wolfing down lunch, very kindly provided by our hosts, we had a talk about how BA raise money for Comic Relief and the different activities they organise to do this. Following this the BA team gave a talk about the history of aeroplanes and how they work, which brought a lot of interest and a number of questions from our young people. Finally we explored their heritage museum and BA very kindly provided the young people with goody bags to take home, with big smiles on their faces.

All in all it was a very good day and the young people came away with some more ideas about potential career directions.  Thank you British Airways.