Revolutionary Airport College at London Stansted opens its doors to first students
Stansted Airport College has opened its doors to almost 300 students who will study at the brand-new facility.
The £11 million technical skills college is the first purpose-built on-site college at a major UK airport and the only Further Education facility in Uttlesford.
Courses on offer are specifically chosen to bridge the regional skills gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects as well as specific airport roles in aircraft and airport engineering, business studies, logistics and supply chain management, asset management, hospitality and customer service.
The college can train up to 500 people each year in technical skills, traineeships and apprenticeships and will play a crucial role in providing London Stansted Airport with skilled on-site workers, with qualifications offered by Harlow College.
"The opening of this fantastic new facility is the culmination of four years of work between London Stansted and Harlow College, and we are delighted to welcome so many students through our doors. This exciting partnership has really taken off and will enable us to build up the kind of skill base that we will need to meet the demand for growth here at London Stansted, whilst also providing a huge range of possible career paths for young people in Uttlesford and further afield." - Jonathan Oates, Corporate Affairs Director at London Stansted Airport
"Harlow College is proud to support the development of London Stansted Airport with the new college at Stansted. We firmly believe in providing students with a clear line of sight to the workplace and excellent career opportunities. The college provides a bridge between young people and employers, as well as supporting our region’s economy. We are so excited to have welcomed our new trainees this week – this is where their careers will take off!" - Karen Spencer, Principal of Harlow College
The two-storey facility has been built on a one-acre site on land made available by the airport near the long-stay car park and Novotel Hotel. 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 is also supported by a £300,000 grant from Uttlesford District Council.
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London Stansted is London's third-busiest airport, currently serving around 22 million passengers a year. The airport is ideally located in between the global tech and life science hubs of London and Cambridge.