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CLIMATE change and Industry Minister, Claire Perry launched the government’s new industrial strategy and welcomed the construction of Stansted Airport College in partner with Harlow College.

Designed by Pascall and Watson this technical college is the first of its kind in any UK airport. It will be a two-storey facility that is due to open in Autumn 2018. Robert Halfon, Harlow MP said: ‘It is going to be incredible. It will provide a lot of skills and training for young students. With the industrial strategy, Harlow will lead the skills revolution across Britain.’

Over 500 students are anticipating the opportunities waiting for them even building up their skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). Paul Taylor, Chair of Govenors commented: ‘Nothing like this has been done anywhere in the country. MAG (Manchester Airport Group) work with large employers and there is lots of effort being put into the new curriculum.’

Apprentices on site at the Stansted Airport College

The college will provide other course such as airport engineering, business studies, logistics and supply chain management, asset management, hospitality and customer service. Paul Taylor added: There are a lot of positives coming out of this and especially for new apprentices. MAG provided the land for the new college and it will open on time.’

The 11 million project is funded by: Stansted Airport, Harlow College, Essex and Uttlesford Councils and South East LEP. Karen Spencer, Principle of Harlow College said: ‘I want to make sure the students at Harlow College they have fantastic career opportunities. Often it’s a very confusing world out there, lots of choice of what to study; there are 70 different types of engineering and I want to have genuine partnerships with employers to help students understand these routes as well as how to get training and how they can be a productive citizen and help our economy grow.’

MP, Claire Perry being interviewed on site with ITV and BBC

Claire Perry, MP said: ‘I think this is a brilliant example of the government, local groups, industry and public sector and also the great MP Robert Halfon and brilliant principle, Karen Spencer and college leaders getting the best opportunities for students. In places, like Stansted, there are lots of high skilled jobs that they can’t fill, so in a way it’s a fast track to employment in an industry and a sector that is growing really quickly. I think is a really good way of training for the future. It will help people who are already working here who want to retrain for different skills for their working lives so there are lots of opportunities going forward.’

Charlotte Langham

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