Skills and Apprenticeships Minister, Rt Hon. Robert Halfon MP, made a flying visit to Stansted on Friday (Dec 9) to see how the airport is boosting education, job and training opportunities for young people and jobseekers.
The Harlow MP called in on the airport’s education centre, Aerozone Stansted, to see how it is working with young people to increase skills in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths) and highlight careers in aviation.
The Aerozone is MAG’s flagship community project at Stansted. It opened in June 2015 and so far over 5000 youngsters have been through its doors.
The Minister also visited the Airport’s Employment and Skills Academy to talk to apprentices, trainees and former jobseekers who have benefited from the airport’s award winning training and education programmes and successfully found full time employment at Stansted.
Skills and Apprenticeships Minister Robert Halfon said:
“It was a fantastic opportunity to meet such motivated and talented young people who have been benefitting from the great opportunities and state of the art facilities on offer at both Aerozone Stansted and the airport’s Employment and Training Skills academy.
“It has been great to see Stansted’s commitment to developing quality apprentices in STEM areas, offering people the ladder of opportunity they need to secure long-term careers.”
Hosting the visit was Stansted Airport’s Head of External Affairs, Chris Wiggan, who said:
“We were delighted to welcome Robert to the Aerozone. He was able to see at first hand the training and employment opportunities available at the airport. He has been a great supporter of Stansted, particularly our skills and employment initiatives for young people in Essex and Hertfordshire.
“The Aerozone is our flagship community project here at Stansted, and it represents a long-term commitment to our community. Engaging with young people, particularly those living in areas close to the airport, is an integral part of our work in the local community.”