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Staff flying high on skill success

STAFF at Birmingham Airport celebrate their academic success after completing courses through Solihull College’s training academy, BASA.

STAFF at Birmingham Airport celebrate their academic success after completing courses through Solihull College’s training academy, BASA.

Launched at the airport in April, BASA - Birmingham Airport Skills Academy - offers employees based on-site, as well as local job-seekers, the chance to brush up their skills through a range of college courses and professional qualifications.

A celebration ceremony took place earlier this week to mark the success of the first 50 employees to complete a programme through the academy and saw the airport’s Chief Executive Paul Kehoe congratulate them individually.

Rachel Elias, cabin crew performance manager for Thomson Airways, is one employee who has taken part in BASA and recently completed an NCFE programme in Managing Diversity. She is also set to complete her Level Two ITQ qualification. She said: “It’s great being able to celebrate with my colleagues and having my achievements recognised by Paul and other senior management. The courses have been great for my development and have really increased my confidence when dealing with particular issues at work.”

The partnership between the college and airport has been in place for over seven years through various training initiatives including the award-winning Job Junction scheme. Job Junction is an employment and training partnership between the College,

 

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