10 May Stansted Airport could have first on-site airport college
A very college could open on site at Stansted Airport in a UK first!
London Stansted and Harlow College have submitted a planning application to build a new technical skills college at the airport – the first of its kind at any airport in the country.
If the application is successful, building work is expected to start this autumn and be open in time for the autumn term in 2018.
Karen Spencer, Harlow College Principal, said:
“We are delighted to be working with London Stansted Airport on this innovative new project. We firmly believe that genuine partnerships between employers and education can help young people make informed choices about their future.”
The £11million College, which has received two separate £3.5m grants from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) Local Growth Fund and Essex County Council, will also be the first of its type to be built in the Uttlesford District.
Over 500 young people and adults are expected to train at the College each year in technical skills, traineeships and apprenticeships. It is hoped the College will develop a constant pool of talented students looking for careers at the airport or in the wider aviation industry.
Stansted Airport CEO, Andrew Cowan, said:
“Securing, developing and retaining the right talent and skills at a growing airport like Stansted is critical to our business, our 200 on-site business partners and the long term prosperity of our region.”