An employment scheme at London City Airport has found a role for its 500th recruit.
Take Off Into Work launched six years ago and offers work experience, trials and classroom-based training to Newham residents aged 16 and above.
Those who have excelled have since secured roles in department across the Docklands airport , from customer service, security and HR to airfield operations, cabin crew and within the duty free and refreshment outlets.
The airport’s CEO Declan Collier said jobs, training and education were “key pillars” of the airport’s commitment to the East End community.
He said: “Aviation is an extremely exciting industry to work in. Jobs can follow many different paths and I look forward to following the careers of our successful candidates as they develop.”
Anthony Angol enrolled in 2010 as a customer services officer and now manages Take Off Into Work in its entirety.
He said: “There are hundreds more stories like mine. London City is an international airport but it has never lost its heart as a local East End business.
“Take Off Into Work gave me a chance and opened doors that would have been closed to me otherwise.”
The programme is a collaboration between the airport, Newham Council’s Workplace and the East London Business Alliance .
Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales was one of the driving forces behind its creation.