Stansted Airport College Unveils Plans for the UK’s First Aviation Campus

Stansted Airport College has started the new academic year by publishing ambitious expansion plans.

The UK’s first purpose-built, airport based further education college is hoping to enlarge the existing 500-student capacity building to cope with future demand, as well as creating the UK’s first aviation education and skills campus.

Pascall+Watson, architects of the college building, has unveiled designs which bring together the airport’s award-winning Aerozone education centre and the Stansted Airport Employment and Skills Academy.

The Aerozone is an aviation-themed learning hub to inspire children and young adults about the key STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering, maths and careers in the aviation industry. Since opening in 2015, it has welcomed more than 15,000 visitors. The Stansted Airport Employment and Skills Academy promotes on-site job vacancies and offers tailored aviation training programmes and apprenticeship schemes to help job seekers gain the necessary skills to enable them to secure employment at the airport.

Opened last year, Stansted Airport College is a joint venture between London Stansted and Harlow College with additional funding from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), Essex County Council, Uttlesford District Council and the Savoy Trust.

Ken O’ Toole, London Stansted’s CEO, said: “We are all very proud of the college and the unique, ground-breaking partnership between education and industry that led to its creation. It enjoyed an extremely successful launch year attracting over 300 new students, and as its popularity continues to grow now is clearly the right time to look at how we can build on this success and explore opportunities to develop an educational campus here at the airport.

“Our vision is for a ‘one-stop shop’ education zone that brings together a growing college, and hugely popular Aerozone and Employment and Skills Academy. This will help cement London Stansted’s position as a UK centre of excellence within aviation for skills, education and employment and create a community facility that not only delivers for young people today but creates a genuine legacy for future generations too.”