A unique and exciting project that will boost the skills and economy of Essex has taken a major step forward after receiving planning permission from Uttlesford District Council for a new £11 million technical skills college at the airport.
The two-storey facility – the first of its kind at a major UK airport – will be located on a one acre site on land made available by London Stansted airport near the long-stay car park and Novotel Hotel. The project has received two separate £3.5 million grants from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) Local Growth Fund and Essex County Council.
Courses offered at the facility will be 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.
The college is seen by Stansted Airport as a critical project as it plans its growth. The airport has recently announced its intention to apply to increase the number of passengers it is permitted to serve every year to 44 million. To grow in the next decade it will need skilled on-site workers, with the type of qualifications offered by Harlow College.
More than 500 people are expected to train at the college each year in technical skills, traineeships and apprenticeships. Work is expected to start on the site later this year and will be ready to open in time for the 2018 autumn term.
This unique project is aimed at securing a future workforce pipeline for all business partners on-site. The next step is to ensure that the training programmes delivered at the new college reflect the skills needs of the on-site business partners and we are therefore inviting on-site business partners to be involved in the shaping of the training and apprenticeship programmes which will be delivered at this facility.
If you would like to be involved please get in contact with Marcella M’Rabety, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, London Stansted Airport