12 May

Virtual university ready for take off

first_imgVirtual university ready for take offOn 16 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. BAA has launched a virtual university to boost staff development at itsseven UK airports which include Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted. Priscilla Vacassin, HR director of BAA, said the new intranet-baseduniversity demonstrated the increased emphasis the company has placed onemployee training in the aftermath of 11 September. She said the university would offer real value to the business by focusingon the skills and programmes that have the greatest impact on performance. The organisation will spend around £6.5m on training this year and the newuniversity will ensure more consistent delivery, ease of access for its 11,000staff and eliminate duplication of training. The university offers more than 600 training programmes and is split intozones including airport operations, safety, commercial, and planning anddevelopment. Vacassin also welcomed new passenger traffic figures released last weekwhich show that the airport industry is on the mend. The number of passengers passing through UK airports in January was 7.9m,down just 3.9 per cent on last year compared to November when numbers were down10.4 per cent year on year. “It has come back in the same pattern as after the Gulf War, but alittle bit quicker,” said Vacassin. She told Personnel Today that in the aftermath of the crisis the continuedrunning of the airports was largely due to the flexibility and commitment ofstaff. “After the initial month there was constant reviewing of how theairport was doing,” she said. “We had to increase security and lotsof people were taken away from their day jobs just to keep the airportrunning.” By Ross Wigham Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more