£3.5m funding for skills centre at London Stansted Airport

Stansted AirportLondon Stansted Airport has secured £3.5million of government funding to build a new Technical and Professional Skills Centre. The funding is part of a £102 million cash injection for capital projects and is the latest investment into the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) Growth Fund.

Over the last two years the airport has worked in close partnership with the South East LEP, Harlow College and Essex County Council to develop and deliver on-site further education facilities.  The purpose of the new centre is to…

  • Meet a skills gap in aircraft engineering
  • Bridge the gap in technical skills
  • Match the growing skills need of the airport and wider area

“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.

With the Government rightly focused on delivering a modern industrial strategy we are delighted SELEP has seized the opportunity and recognised the potential of a technical and professional skills centre at Stansted. We will all now play our part in making this facility a beacon of skills and talent in the East of England.”

Andrew Cowan, CEO, London Stansted Airport

Continual investment in education and training

AerozoneThe new Technical and Professional Skills Centre will be the second educational facility at London Stansted Airport after a £500,000 education centre was opened in 2015. The centre was designed to inspire young people in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. The education centre, created by Aerozone Stansted, MAG’s (Manchester Airports Group) flagship community project, is supported by almost 20 businesses and organisations, including Boeing and Essex County Council.

“Over the last two years we have worked in close partnership with the South East LEP, Harlow College and Essex County Council to develop and deliver an on-site further education facility which will help to address the growing skills gap in areas like engineering, logistics and customer service and develop a pipeline of employees fit for future growth at the airport.

Andrew Cowan, CEO, London Stansted Airport

Business advantage of the London-Stansted-Cambridge corridor

Stansted AirportThe thriving catchment area is part of the growing and increasingly successful London-Stansted-Cambridge economic corridor. The area has strong infrastructure links to the rest of the UK and Europe and close proximity to London, Europe’s no.1 finance hub. London Stansted Airport has more scheduled connections to Europe than any other airport in the world.

London Stansted Airport is advantageously positioned for business travellers. It is seen as a core transport hub with unparalleled access to the M11 corridor with a reach of 17 million people within 2 hours and 1.2 million within 30 minutes.

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Robert Edge
Robert Edge

Inward Investment Manager (UK Multimodal Gateway:Essex)

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Following a ten year career with a major Colchester freight forwarder shipping everything from confectionery to oxygen plants, Robert has spent almost 15 years in inward investment promotion. Having had experience in China, India and the Middle East, Robert leads on the logistics and renewables sector.