Airport initiative to promote aviation jobs
PUBLISHED: 17:03 22 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:57 12 August 2010
AN AIRPORT is joining forces with a college to promote employment within the aviation industry. Working in partnership with Bromley College, Biggin Hill Airport plans to widen its resources for engineering, fire and air traffic control training and appr
AN AIRPORT is joining forces with a college to promote employment within the aviation industry.
Working in partnership with Bromley College, Biggin Hill Airport plans to widen its resources for engineering, fire and air traffic control training and apprenticeships in the hope of creating new jobs.
Latest figures released by the government last week revealed the number of jobless people had soared to a record 2.4 million but Biggin Hill airport director Peter Lonergan said he was confident about employment opportunities at the historic airfield.
He said: "The career opportunities here at Biggin Hill are fantastic, with the aviation industry offering a range of modern, sustainable and well paid jobs. There are a number of trainee and apprentice engineers working here that earn in excess of £30,000 a year. Fully qualified aircraft engineers are in huge demand and can easily command six figure salaries.
"What many people may not realise is that Biggin Hill Airport is not just a place where aircraft land and take off. It is a hugely important engineering and technology base and home to some of the most high tech, high value aviation companies in the world."
The airport now plans to set up a training programme with Bromley College and extend the number of work placements.
Bromley College Head of Business, Rosemary Lacovara, said: "Biggin Hill Airport provides excellent work experience opportunities for our engineering students. We are also working with the airport to set up a training scheme to supply the businesses with an ongoing stream of new talent from the area."
The airport currently employs around 100 people and if a planning permission for a 76-bed hotel is granted by Bromley council, 50 more new full-time permissions will be created. A further 800 people work at tenant companies located at the airfield.