The Take Off Into Work job scheme, run by Newham Workplace and London City Airport to help local people into employment, has placed its 600th recruit into a job at the airport.
To mark the occasion, the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales joined Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport, on Thursday 30 March to meet with the 600th recruit, 26-year old Jasjoot Mudhar, and five other local residents who have found placements through the scheme.
Take Off Into Work was set up by Newham Workplace, London City Airport and the East London Business Alliance in 2009. The scheme works by providing work experience, job trials and classroom-based training to Newham residents to help them secure employment with London City Airport or one of its many onsite partners.
Jasjoot Mudhar, a 26-year old graduate from Newham, recently started as a Baggage Tracing Agent at London City Airport, having been recommended to the Take Off Into Work scheme by Newham Workplace.
Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “With London City Airport and the council’s employment service Workplace, our residents have a fantastic opportunity to get into careers they may never have even dreamed of.
"We know the best way of helping our residents to build their resilience and succeed is to give them the opportunity to learn the skills needed to get into work.
"Working with the borough's flagship employers we have helped more than 34,000 people into work. I’m delighted London City Airport has helped 600 people take off into work, and we look forward to continuing this success in the years to come." Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport, said: "With the airport’s focus on job creation, training and education in the community, Take Off Into Work has developed into a flagship scheme for the airport, one of the largest employers in Newham.
"The 600 successful candidates have been able to explore diverse career paths within this exciting industry, and I continue to follow their progression. Many more local job opportunities will be created as the airport grows, with the City Airport Development Programme creating 1,600 jobs and 500 jobs during the construction phase."
Jasjoot said: "This is my first full-time job and it’s a great stepping stone for my career. I’m able to apply existing knowledge that I gained during my Master’s degree as well as learn new skills in a commercial customer-facing hands-on role.
"Without the Take Off Into Work scheme I don’t think I would have found this role or local full-time employment so quickly. The team at Newham Workplace were really proactive and helpful, and now I am in a role that I enjoy with an employer that is on my doorstep."
Jasjoot has lived in Newham all his life – growing up next to the Boleyn Ground in Upton Park, attending Lister Community School, Havering College, and the University of Greenwich, before graduating with a Master’s Degree in Internet Media Clouds with Business (MSc) at Loughborough University London in December 2016. In his role as Baggage Tracing Agent for Sky Handling Partners, Jasjoot helps reunite passengers with their belongings across a global database of airports.
Other successful candidates in the Take Off Into Work scheme have secured jobs in departments across the airport including Customer Services, Security and Airfield Operations as well as with other onsite employers such as airline cabin crew, passenger handling and foreign exchange bureau.
For more information about the Take Off Into Work scheme and other local employment opportunities at London City Airport, visit the website here.