- Taskforce to identify the skills and training programmes needed to deliver Heathrow expansion
- Recommendations will ensure Heathrow leaves a national legacy for future infrastructure projects
- Need to address skills gaps outlined in new report by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
“In each of my visits to local schools, colleges and universities, I am inspired by the talent and potential of the students I meet. This is a unique opportunity to plan ahead to ensure that children in school today have the skills we will need – engineers, pilots, programmers and service professionals – while we build and when we have built an expanded Heathrow. With Brexit, it’s even more imperative to create opportunities for home-grown talent to meet the demand for skills in the future.
“I am delighted to announce that Lord Blunkett has agreed to chair the Heathrow Skills Taskforce. I know Lord Blunkett shares our passion to transform the life chances of young people through education and I look forward to implementing the proposals that will come from the Taskforce under his leadership.”
“Too often in the UK we make large-scale investments in projects that deliver short-term results which do not benefit and include the wider population, or the long term needs of the country. There is no more room for lost opportunities. Our national infrastructure projects must go hand-in-hand with learning and training opportunities for the workforce of the future.