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Chief Commissioner's Blog | Making a good partnership

An occasional topic I’m asked about is our policy on badge sponsorship. On Tuesday we launched our latest sponsored badge, the Heathrow Aviation Badge, which I believe is a great example of such partnerships.

Youth shaped

I visited the Slough HQ of 1st Langley Scout Group, where Heathrow had recently donated £40,000 to replace the roof. I was welcomed by Sally Payne, project leader and a member of the Heathrow Graduate Training Programme. Heathrow’s CEO, John Holland-Kaye, was also on hand to launch the initiative and commented on how great Scouts were as clients when using the airport!

As part of the Heathrow Graduate Training Programme, the twelve Heathrow graduates are currently working towards the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. For their volunteering module, they have worked with The Scout Association to create two activity packs for the Aviation Skills Activity Badges.

Heathrow’s Scouting employees

When designing the activities, they engaged the expertise of Heathrow employees, including several with links to the local Scout Groups. The result of their work is two exciting activity packs which help Scouts and Explorers to achieve their badges, and learn about the importance and responsibilities of aviation along the way.  

As well as launching the resource packs, the graduates will be leading evening activity sessions at the Compass Centre from September with local Scout Groups. These sessions – run by young people for young people – will show Scouts the broad range of skills that the aviation industry relies on in a fun and interactive way. This project brings to life the fantastic benefits that come from young people volunteering.

A perfect partnership

For me, this is the perfect partnership. It involves a business that understands and practises the benefits of non-formal learning, with a brilliant and enthusiastic group of trainees developing a fun resource for Scouts and Explorers that will help leaders to provide great programmes. And Scouting receives funding to further our ambitions too!

In fact, it was so good that the local leaders spent the evening trying to recruit the trainees and their managers – with some success!



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