MORE JOBS are on the way from 2014 following Heathrow’s £3billion five-year investment plans.
Seema Malhotra, MP for Feltham and Heston, has pledged to champion employment opportunities for people in Hounslow and will meet with Heathrow to discuss their local employment strategy.
She hopes to raise the profile of job opportunities coming through and the importance of planning ahead by encouraging training programmes for young people in school or colleges immediately, so when new jobs become available they are ready to apply.
Ms Malhotra, who is keen to start actively promoting available jobs for jobless people in the community, said: "This is one of the most important things a local politician can do so we are getting what Hounslow need and people are ready for, and getting any local jobs.
"Working with Heathrow Academy and local people now to create the concept of what these jobs are going to be, and for the apprenticeships that are going to be available which can lead to a job – that is a major opportunity for our area."
The airport is already one of the largest single-site employers and supports thousands of people in the five surrounding boroughs including Hounslow.
Heathrow’s business plan for Q6 which covers 2014-2019 includes plans to complete Terminal 2, development of an integrated baggage system, and construction of new taxiways and stands, deployment of ‘mobile’ staff with tablet computers and introducing self-service bag drop facilities.
In February, the Heathrow Jobs and Careers Fair welcomed 5,000 15 to 24 year olds of which close to 1,500 were from Hounslow in search of a career at the airport.
A Heathrow spokeswoman said: "Our £3bn investment proposals for the years 2014-2019 are currently subject to on-going negotiations with the CAA and the airlines, and as such it’s too early to detail the benefits for local jobs. As a key employer we remain committed to sustaining local employment both now and in the future."