Business Charity Awards 2015: Employment Scheme - London Luton Airport with the Prince's Trust

For a company that has significantly helped a charity by offering employment, work experience, training or other support to its beneficiaries

Get into Airports offers young people the opportunity to secure jobs with LLA or in related industries
Get into Airports offers young people the opportunity to secure jobs with LLA or in related industries

What is the scheme?

Get into Airports is a four-week programme run by London Luton Airport that offers local unemployed young people the opportunity to gain qualifications, training and work experience to improve their long-term prospects and ensure they are ready for work. The aim is for the young people to secure employment immediately after finishing the scheme, either with LLA or another employer on the site.

How does LLA do it?

LLA provides funding of £10,000 a year. Young people are referred to the Prince's Trust by local authorities and invited to taster days, after which 12 are invited to join the programme.

The first two weeks cover training and preparation for the world of work, including obtaining a first aid at work qualification and putting together a CV. The second two weeks are spent on a work placement with airport business partners such as Dixons Carphone Warehouse.

Why did it win?

More than 80 per cent of participants have secured full-time employment at airport-related businesses. Those who do not are given support by the Prince's Trust for six months to help them into a job. The Get into Airports programme has now been adopted by several other UK airports, and the hospitality and railway sectors also run their own versions of the scheme. The Prince's Trust has also built partnerships with Dixons Carphone Warehouse and the airport food provider SSP UK as a result of the original project with London Luton Airport.

What did the judges say?

Matthew Fitch, section engineer at Laing O'Rourke, says: "LLA has worked very hard with the Prince's Trust to establish a variety of great opportunities for participants who might otherwise have struggled."

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