13 Dec Pioneering Airport College celebrates official opening at London Stansted
Stansted Airport College has been officially opened at a ceremony led by Robert Halfon MP, Chair of Education Select Committee and London Stansted CEO Ken O’Toole.
The College, which has opened its doors to almost 300 students for its first term, is a brand-new £11 million technical skills facility, the first purpose-built on-site college at a major UK airport and the only Further Education centre in Uttlesford.
Constructed on a one-acre site on land made available by the airport the project received two separate £3.5 million grants from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) Local Growth Fund and Essex County Council, £600,000 from Harlow College and was also supported by a £300,000 grant from Uttlesford District Council.
The College is the flagship of London Stansted’s commitment to supporting education, employment and training, alongside the Aerozone children’s education centre and dedicated on-site Stansted Employment and Skills Academy.
The opening was attended by South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) Adam Bryan, Cllr Kevin Bentley of Essex County Council and Uttlesford District Council leader Howard Rolfe. Students and staff of the college and local schoolchildren from nearby Birchanger Primary School were also at the event.