Today, the Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, Claire Perry MP, was at Stansted Airport to mark the start of construction for the Pascall+Watson designed Stansted Airport College.

The new BREEAM rated facility is the first on-site college of its kind at any major UK airport and is a joint venture between Harlow College and Stansted Airport.

When the college opens in time for the 2018 autumn term, it will welcome more than 500 students each year and offer courses designed to bridge the skills gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects as well as specific airport areas such as aircraft and airport engineering, business studies, logistics and supply chain management, asset management, hospitality and customer service.

The development supports Stansted’s ambitious future growth plans and will provide a pipeline of skilled on-site workers and training opportunities for young people in the regional community surrounding the airport.