Stansted Airport College has opened its doors to almost 300 students who will study at the brand-new facility.
The £11 million technical skills college is the first purpose-built on-site college at a major UK airport and the only Further Education facility in Uttlesford.
Courses on offer are specifically chosen to bridge the regional skills gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects as well as specific airport roles in aircraft and airport engineering, business studies, logistics and supply chain management, asset management, hospitality and customer service.
The college can train up to 500 people each year in technical skills, traineeships and apprenticeships and will play a crucial role in providing London Stansted Airport with skilled on-site workers, with qualifications offered by Harlow College.
Stansted Airport College trainees have access to a generous travel card scheme currently offered to London Stansted Airport staff, which offers discounts of up to 80 per cent on bus, coach and rail travel, making studying at the college accessible to students from a wide area.
The two-storey facility has been built on a one-acre site on land made available by the airport near the long-stay car park and Novotel Hotel. The project received two separate £3.5 million grants from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) Local Growth Fund and Essex County Council, £600,000 from Harlow College and is also supported by a £300,000 grant from Uttlesford District Council.