London Stansted has launched a new partnership with the armed forces by trialling a military placement scheme to provide serving personnel with civilian work experience at the airport.
The initiative, in conjunction with Colchester Barracks and the first of its kind at any UK airport, will also enable airport operational teams to learn from the army’s considerable investment in staff training, and benefit from specific skills and expertise in key areas such as project management and working in high pressure environments.
In 2017, London Stansted became the first airport in England to pledge support for the Armed Forces community and their families by signing up to the UK Armed Forces Covenant, and last year was awarded the prestigious Armed Forces Employer Recognition Scheme Silver award to reflect its support for serving and ex-military personnel and reservists.
“London Stansted places a big emphasis on supporting our local community, and what better way to do that than helping those who serve their country.
We are extremely proud of our close and successful relationship with the Armed Forces, and we’re delighted Staff Sergeant Rokoyadre has been able to join us at London Stansted to support our busy operation and share with us her outstanding skills while seeing first-hand what goes on behind the scenes to keep the airport running smoothly.
This fantastic new initiative is a progression of our support and commitment, providing a unique opportunity for a serving member of the military to play a full and active role at the airport, utilising their exceptional skills and experience to make a significant contribution to the operation while at the same time gaining valuable insights into a civilian working life, ” said Liz Austin, Stansted Airport’s HR Director.