06 Sep Grant Shapps MP visits Stansted Airport to view £600m transformation programme
London Stansted today welcomed Grant Shapps MP to view progress on the airport’s £600 million transformation programme and visit the brand-new Stansted Airport College which opened its doors to the first students this week.
Mr Shapps, visiting in his capacity as the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on General Aviation, was shown the latest design concepts for the airport’s new £130 million Arrivals Terminal, the centrepiece of Stansted’s five-year investment project to help unlock spare runway capacity and enhance the passenger experience.
The visit to the Airport College, the first on-site college of its kind at any major UK airport and a joint venture between Harlow College and London Stansted, was an opportunity for Mr Shapps to see first-hand the facilities and courses on offer to students designed to bridge the skills gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects as well as specific airport areas such as aircraft and airport engineering, logistics, asset management, hospitality and customer service.
The development of the college is critical to supporting Stansted’s ambitious future growth plans and will provide skilled on-site workers and training opportunities for young people in the regional community surrounding the airport.