Our partners, Stansted Airport have submitted a planning application in collaboration with Harlow College which looks to build an impressive, two-storey college campus.
The technical skills college aims to train around 500 students which will boost their skills in STEM (Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Technology), boosting their future career prospects. With Stansted Airport supporting the college, the new centre will be able to deliver a skills system which will be able to better align to employer-need.
On the subject, Stansted Airport's CEO, Andrew Cowan said: "Securing, developing and retaining the right talent and skills at a growing airport like Stansted is critical to our business, our 200 on-site business partners and the long term prosperity of our region.
"If the application is successful we will all play our part in making this facility a beacon of skills and talent in the East of England."
The South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), Local Growth Fund and Essex County Council (ECC) will each dedicate £3.5m if the project is given permission which will be invested to ensure local economic growth.
David Finch, leader of Essex County Council commented that: "We’re dedicated to tackling the skills shortage in Essex to ensure that businesses have access to the right people, and residents are properly equipped to take advantage of the opportunities our growing economy will bring."
“We’ve pledged to double the county’s economy to £60 billion a year by 2025, so our £3.5m grant towards the new technical skills college will go a long way to helping that vision become a reality.”
Source: Colchester Gazette