first_imgBAA Stansted has recruited 70 long-term unemployed people as part of theairport’s strategy to meet its growing staffing needs. The Runway to Work initiative started in January and has placed new membersof staff in management, flight administration, customer relations and retailwork. The initiative provides the long-term unemployed the chance to combine twoweeks of classroom-based training with three weeks’ work experience at theairport. The scheme is run in conjunction with Haringey Council, Reed in Partnership,the Employment Service and North London Learning and Skills Council, and ispart of the airport’s strategy to address the increasing problems ofrecruitment at Stansted Airport. BAA Stansted HR director John Norman said, “Stansted’s growth providesan opportunity to extend the economic benefits of employment to the widestareas. “By facilitating partnerships between airport employers and publicsector agencies we are bringing together people who have access to funding,with companies who have current and future job vacancies – bridging the gapfrom long-term unemployment into employment.” A forum comprising public, private and voluntary sector organisations hasalso been set up to look at all aspects of recruitment and employment includingthe skills available in the local labour market and training. One of the itskey objectives is to set up an airport skills training programme. The forum is supported by the Airport Employers Group made up of 24 airportemployers, which meets every six months, and a smaller steering group thatmeets quarterly. Airport employment strategy manager Wilma Scott said the airport would needto increase its workforce of 10,500 to 17,000 by 2011 to cater for a predictedrise in passenger numbers from 13 million to 25 million over the period. By Ben Willmott Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Jobless join BAA ranks as staffing scheme takes offOn 4 Sep 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more