South Liverpool community are ‘flying high’

A unique employment partnership between SLH and Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) is ensuring the local community are getting the first ‘bite of the cherry’ of the employment opportunities created by the Airport.

A traineeship programme was launched in October 2014, ran by training group SYSCO, aimed at giving local young people the skills and training they need to work in fields such as engineering, customer services and hospitality at LJLA.

The programme proved a hit with the local community, with eight trainees signing up for the scheme after an intensive recruitment process targeted at local residents. A number of the trainees have the opportunity to apply for future apprenticeships, while one, Jay Verburg, has already taken up a permanent position in Air Traffic Control after expressing an interest and impressing Airport management.

SLH is committed to creating real jobs and opportunities for people in Speke Garston, Liverpool, where employment levels are much lower than the national average*, despite the millions of pounds of investment in the area.

Claire Ryan, Director of Business Assurance at SLH said, “This is just the start of our long-term ambition to support the local community to gain the skills they need to secure employment.   By working closely with employers in the area, such as Liverpool John Lennon Airport, and training providers we can support our residents to be prepared for the opportunities presented locally.

“The traineeship programme has been a great success and is definitely something that we will continue with the airport as well as replicating it with other local organisations who share a like-minded passion for the area. The local community is at the heart of our plans as we help to transform South Liverpool through pioneering partnerships like this and creating sustainable communities by building modern, high quality homes that will attract people to the area.”

This is not the first time the partnership has created jobs for the local community. In April 2015 SLH secured a management contract to maintain the airports grounds and car parks. The contract, which created two full-time apprenticeships from the local area, has just been extended for a further 12 months enabling the apprentices to gain further training and experience.

Carol Dutton, HR Director for LJLA commented, “This latest initiative is linked to our new Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy, as we look to provide more opportunities across a wider section of communities local to the Airport. This would not have been possible without the support provided by SLH who have helped the Airport tailor this and other schemes to meet the needs of local communities. This is the first of a number of exciting schemes that we hope to work on with SLH.”

Building the capacity of the Speke Garston community is a key priority for SLH.  As part of our Value South Liverpool platform, they are looking at new initiatives to ensure that the continued regeneration of the area delivers real employment opportunities for the local community.

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