Gatwick Airport – Vikki Martin, Dog Handler Assistant Officer at Border Force

Tune into our May broadcast and meet Vikki – a Border Force Officer and her search dog Bindy, who both work at Gatwick Airport, keeping the UK safe from drugs, firearms and other smuggled illegal substances

Vikki said about her role:- “From the moment I started on the Dog Unit, I knew Bindy was my favourite dog. So when I became a Handler and was asked to handle Bindy I was over the moon. Bindy and I have been working together now for 2 years and over this period we have travelled to many places across the South Region searching Ships, Lorries, Containers, Aircraft, Cars and Airports.

Bindy is now at the grand old age of 8 and is due to retire in April. She will be spending her retirement at home with myself and my home dog Wabi. I now have a new dog Sid who is replacing Bindy so my work is very full on bringing him to speed with the busy environment of the airport.”

Apprenticeships Live – Greene King

There are a range of apprenticeships available at Greene King, whether you want to work in a pub, in a hotel, in a brewery, in marketing or logistics we have opportunities in cities, towns and villages across Britain. And that’s just scratching the surface. Greene King is an extremely diverse business and with that comes an amazing array of opportunities at your fingertips. It’s one of the things that makes us so unique and such a fun place to work.

Our programme can open doors in Front of House and Kitchen roles, all the way up to supervisory and management levels. We offer apprenticeships that cover a range of hospitality services – from food and beverage service and professional cookery, right through to leadership and management.

An apprentice at Greene King is a work-based programme running alongside your employment. It’s a great way to get hands-on experience while achieving a nationally recognised qualification. As a Greene King apprentice you will:

  • Be employed from day one
  • Earn while you learn in a job you can be passionate about
  • Work alongside experienced staff
  • Receive support throughout your programme
  • Study towards a related nationally recognised qualification
  • Gain additional skills through enhanced learning opportunities
  • Enhance your career opportunities with a fast paced, successful and expanding company.

Gatwick Airport – Jenna MacGregor, Senior Operational Meteorologist, Met Office

Jenna is a Meteorologist, working for the Met Office at Gatwick Airport. Jenna’s interest in the weather and Environmental Science led her to study a degree in Meteorology and Oceanography. She joined the Met Office over 5 years ago and since then has forecasted weather across the world and has worked with a variety of industries including Media but her favourite is Aviation as she enjoys working with people and taking on new challenges every day.

Apprenticeships Live – Silentnight

Our award winning apprenticeship scheme has been running for over a decade, providing local young people the opportunity to build a career with the UK’s leading bed and mattress manufacturer. We offer a range of apprenticeships in areas such as manufacturing, junior management, warehousing & storage, human resources, IT, and finance. Our schemes last for 2 years and we guarantee all of our apprentices a full time, permanent position upon successful completion of their apprenticeship.

We are committed to the development of our apprentices and provide high quality training so they have the skills and qualifications they need to succeed in their chosen career. All apprentices attend a local College for up to a day a week to ensure they gain a nationally recognised qualification at the end of the two year programme.

Our apprenticeship scheme was first recognised in 2014 when the Prime Minister, David Cameron, visited the factory. In a speech to our employees Mr Cameron described Silentnight as a ‘great business’ and emphasised our investment in UK manufacturing, product innovation and our successful apprenticeship scheme. Since then our apprenticeship scheme has been recognised as a regional winner at the 2015 National Apprenticeships Awards, and Silentnight was listed in the top 100 companies providing apprenticeships nationally.

The local MP for Pendle, Andrew Stephenson, visited Silentnight in March 2016 as part of National Apprenticeship Week and presented one of our Higher Apprentices, Tom Firth, with a prize for gaining one of only 8 places nationally on The Furniture Makers’ Company ‘Young Professional Industry Experience’. Since then, Andrew has highlighted our Apprenticeship Scheme twice in the House of Commons, once as part of questions to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and once as part of Prime Minister’s Questions, which Prime Minister David Cameron responded to by recalling his visit to Silentnight in 2014 and commending our Apprenticeship Scheme.

Gatwick Airport – Stable Operations

The Stable Operations team at Gatwick Airport are responsible for the oversight of the entire airport operation. They are there to protect the operation and our passengers experience in a busy environment by preventing, preparing or recovering as quickly as possible after an incident.

Graduates Live with Ben Drane, Business Management Graduate at Balfour Beatty

Graduates Live with Ben Drane, Business Management Graduate at Balfour Beatty

On this broadcast Ben discusses what he did prior to joining Balfour Beatty, what part of Balfour Beatty he works for and what is his current role. He talks about the placements he has done so far during his time with Balfour Beatty. We are joined by West Derby School with the students listening to Ben and how he got into the construction industry.


Graduates Live – Sabih Rehman, Graduate Civil Engineer @ Balfour Beatty

Sabih Rehman, Graduate Civil Engineer/ Contracts Engineer

I am currently on a Graduate Programme with Balfour Beatty which lasts for 2 years and will be Contracts Engineer on completion. I joined Balfour Beatty straight after 5 years of studying a Masters in Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Bradford. I work within the Balvac Department who focus on specialist repairs and my day to day job involves me actively working on site projects and also carrying out all of the Quality Assurance for the schemes. These projects can be anywhere in the UK and can last from 1 week to a couple of years.

Apprenticeships Live – Accenture

If you’re thinking of a career in technology, then our Apprenticeship scheme could set you up for long-term success. Wherever you join us, you’ll build your career from the start, working with industry experts and innovative technology while earning. After 3 or 4 years, depending on the route you take, you’ll be a bit of an expert yourself, with a degree level qualification in Information Technology.