4 DECEMBER 2017
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Climate change and industry minister Claire Perry visited Stansted Airport last week to see the start of the construction phase of a new on-site technical college and launch the government’s Industrial Strategy.
The £11m Stansted Airport College, designed by Pascall+Watson, is the first of its kind at any major UK airport and is a joint venture between Harlow College and Stansted.
Due to open in time for the 2018 autumn term, it will aim to boost the skills of students in the region and provide a pipeline of future talent for the airport and the 200-plus on-site companies.
The two-storey facility, located on a one-acre site on land made available by the airport, has received two separate £3.5m 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 welcome more than 500 students each year and offer courses designed to bridge the skills gap in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects as well as specific airport areas such as aircraft and airport engineering.
Stansted says the college is critical to supporting its future growth and will provide skilled on-site workers and training for the community surrounding the airport.
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