Construction Underway for Stansted Technical College

(Photo: MAG)

(Photo: MAG)
The UK’s Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, Claire Perry, has launched the construction phase of a £11m on-site college at Stansted Airport.
The project is funded by the airport, Harlow College, Essex and Uttlesford Councils and South East Local Enterprise Partnership and will create 500 further education places in the region. Due to open in the autumn of 2018, it will be the first of its kind in the UK.
The two-storey facility, located on a one acre site on land made available by the airport, has received two separate £3.5 million grants from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) Local Growth Fund and Essex County Council, and is also supported by a £300,000 grant by Uttlesford District Council.
The college will offer courses 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, business studies, logistics and supply chain management, asset management, hospitality and customer service.
Stansted Airport’s Chief Operating Officer, Brad Miller, said: “Today is an exciting day for both the airport and the region and we are delighted that the Minister was able to join us all at London Stansted and witness first-hand the role this initiative will play in delivering the Government’s Industrial Strategy.
“The Stansted Airport College is a great example of the private and public sector working together on behalf of our region to try to deliver part of the solution to a very real problem.
“As a rapidly growing and ambitious airport and employer of 12,000 people, it is vital for us to develop and retain the right talent and skills.
“The airport sits within an area of low unemployment, so it can often be challenging for companies to fill vacancies across our site. The aim of the project is to help address the growing skills gap in engineering, hospitality and customer service across our region, develop talent and provide more opportunities for local people to join us as we play an ever more critical role in providing UK runway capacity over the next decade.”