College helping young people to reach new heights in aviation

Cllr Tony Ball standing outside Stansted Airport CollegeThis week I visited Stansted Airport College to view the great opportunities the college provides for young people wishing to start careers in the aviation industry.

The £11 million technical skills college, which is led by Harlow College, opened in December last year and is the first purpose-built on-site college at a major UK airport.

I was very impressed with the knowledgeable teaching staff, engaged, enthusiastic students and the right buildings in which those students can gain experience and vital skills.

Offering courses in Aviation Operations and Cabin Crew, Engineering and Aircraft Maintenance and Hospitality and Events management, the college is designed to make sure young people from Essex can directly access the jobs created by Stansted Airport, which is expanding all the time.

The airport has applied to raise its passenger handling capabilities to 45million departures a year, and this will support an estimated 5,000 jobs in the county.

Just this week, the airport announced its first ever direct flight to India, with Air India flying three times a week to Amritsar. This will further boost the global reach of Stansted and Essex

Essex County Council is constantly working hard to enable inclusive economic growth and if we can help Essex residents secure new well-paid jobs at the airport, I’ll truly consider that a ball in the back of the net.